A Boy to a Man
The story of “A & P” written by John Updike is based in a small town’s A & P grocery store. It is a narrative view of the stores customers through the eyes of a young man who lets his infatuations, stubbornness and immaturity outweigh life in a result of him quitting his job at the local A & P where he is a cashier. The young man understands that life is about decisions and once they made you carry them out even if the outcome is not what you would expect.
The story starts with Sammy, a cashier at the A & P, as a young man stuck in a plain old store located five miles from the beach that’s customers were the same from day to day. It begins with three young girls walking through the doors of the A & P in attire less than appropriate for the grocery store. They were in nothing than their bathing suites and were not even wearing shoes. Sammy has his eye on one of the girls he names Queenie and in a judgmental state of mind turns her into the leader of the group. He begins to describe her in many different ways and pays great attention to the details of the girls shown when he states, “ There was this chunky one, with the two-piece-it was bright green and the seams on the bra were still sharp and her belly was still pretty pale so I guessed she just got it (the suit)-there was this one, with one of those chubby berry faces, the lips all bunched together under her nose, this one, and a tall one, with black hair that hadn’t quite frizzed right, and one of those sunburns right across under the eye, and a chin that was too long”(17). His thought process begins to mature as the story unravels in his mind. As he watches them he, realizes that the girls are actually different in many ways. They do not follow the same steps while shopping as the regulars did, they were in there own realm and he thinks about how awesome it would be to know that he does not have to follow policy and strive to do something bigger and better...