Transformation In A & P, By John Updike

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In paragraph 31 of “A&P” written by John Updike shows a young man named Sammy who makes the decision to quit his job. Though Sammy’s manager Lengel gives him the chance to carefully think about his decision and says “you’ll feel this for the rest of your life” (96), Sammy goes through with his plan and relinquishes his position at the A&P by giving back his uniform and tie. Through this action that was displayed by Sammy, we see his character transformation from being childish and immature to becoming more mature and refusing to conform to the society around him. From the start of the story, as Sammy described the three girls at the store in full detail, you could get a sense that he was immature and somewhat sexist. Talking about the girls in the manner that he did, though using clever wordplay, made Sammy seem childish. As the plot progressed, and Sammy described the other shoppers in the store as “sheep” and “house slaves” it is clear that Sammy admired the three girls’ freedom as they roamed about the store without caring about what they were wearing. When the girls got stopped by the manager Lengel, we see a switch in Sammy's manner as he feels somewhat sorry for…show more content…
When my parents have somebody over they get lemonade and if it’s a real racy affair Schlitz in tall glasses with “They’ll Do It Every Time” cartoons stenciled on.” At this moment, Sammy compares his life to what could be the life of Queenie. The life that Queenie may or may not have is the life that he wants. A life that is different from everyone in his town. With this in mind, Sammy’s desire to escape this world of conformity, he takes his wants into consideration and quits his job in paragraph

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