A B To John Updike

.. The “A & P,” by John Updike was written in 1961. The story takes place on a summer afternoon in an eastern coastal town at a local grocery store, the A & P. The protagonist is Sammy, a teenaged boy who works at the A&P. Sammy is also the narrator of the story, the reader sees through his eyes and thoughts. This story, which chronicles an afternoon at the A&P, could be called a ‘coming of age’ story, due to Sammy’s stand against authority and his decision to make his own choice regardless of the consequences. However, it seems …

… almost dumb-struck by their looks. He goes into lengthy detail describing their attire, as well as their bodies. His descriptions are very much the descriptions of a young man. He first notices that they are wearing ‘nothing but bathing suits’ and ‘they didn’t even have shoes on’ (Updike pg). Then he describes the bare skin of the one he calls Queenie, noting “ she held her head so high her neck, coming out of those white shoulders, looked kind of stretched, but I didn’t mind. The longer her neck was, the more of her there was” (Updike pg …

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