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A and P

            â€œThe Great Aleandrov and Petrooski Tea Company”.
             “In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits,” Says Sammy, the narrator in “A&P”, by John Updike, an American short story classic. It is a coming of age story about a boy working in a grocery store. One day three lovely girls walk in, and since Sammy is of the age, one thing leads to another and he finds himself jobless and alone in the parking lot with nothing but the sense that life is going to be very hard on him. This story has an abundance of all the literary elements discussed in the chapter. The chapter development is the thing that was most clear in Updike's writing. Without coming right out and saying it, Updike manages to show you every inner working of Sammy’s adolescent mind. If you look past his sexist comments and his horny view of these girls, particularly “Queenie”, the leader of the group. You can see his outlook on life and view of himself. That’s the point in the whole story. Seeing Sammy standing alone, looking back into the window of his former place of employment, you see him finding out what we’ve known all along.
             Sammy is the main character. He works at the local A&P in a small beach town. This shows the reader that Sammy is of the working class. He cannot afford to spend his days playing at the beach, rather he has to stay in and make money. You can see this in the way that Updike portrays the scene when the girls walk in. The divide is obvious. When the girls come up to make their purchase, he thinks about what parties at Queenie's house must be like. He then compares them to parties at his house. They are serving “clear drinks with olives in them,” to the guests, and his family is serving cheap beer. This is the point at which you can see that, not only are Queenie and Sammy in different classes, but they live in totally different worlds.