A&P Essay

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A&P In the story A&P by John Updike is about a Cashier named Sammy who works in a grocery store named A&P, in the suburb of Boston during summertime, and having conflicts with these three girls in bikinis and his manager Lengel. In this story there three types of conflicts that occur in this story. One is “man vs. man”; When Sammy has an argument with Lengel (store manager). “Man vs. society”, when Sammy thinks badly about a grocery shopper. Then there’s “man vs. himself”, where Sammy thought what he was doing when he quitted. In the beginning of this story there was already a conflict where is “man vs. society”. Sammy (cashier) didn’t know if he rung up an item he was holding in his hands or not, so he rung it up again not knowing. Because of this the customer gets mad, so thinks badly about an old grocery shopper. He thought she’s one of these cash-register-watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows, and I know it made her day to trip me up. She'd been watching cash registers forty years and probably never seen a mistake before (A&P). He thought about this because of the fit that the customer gave him. Furthermore, there’s a conflict “man vs. man”. In the story there are three girls in bikinis who walk in to the A&P store to shop. They were causing trouble for the customers and the employee including Sammy. Later on Lengel comes into the store. So as manager he told the girls that there are inappropriately dress to shop in the store. But Sammy didn’t like the way Lengel was talking to the girls. So Sammy says he quits to Lengel. Lengel ask Sammy if he say something, and Sammy says I quit. Sammy said "You didn't have to embarrass them." Then Lengel said "It was they who were embarrassing us.", Sammy reacted with "Fiddle-de-doo" a saying his grandmother said. Finally, there’s a conflict “man vs. himself”.…...

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