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             Sammy's story is a coming of age story, not unlike Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" in a .
             It is a story of that painful beginning stage of discovering one's authentic .
             self. Sammy is confronted with his own prejudices and misguided perceptions which .
             lead him into a mental spiraling of ideas that will change his life forever. Sammy is .
             imprisoned by these ideals and his emotional rationalities. In his mind he takes the first .
             steps to over coming this slavery.
             One of the first things you notice about Sammy's character is a slight prejudice .
             toward women and his idea she is "out to get him"(Updike). This can be seen in the .
             statements he made about the elderly lady at his check out , "She's one of those cash .
             register watcher's, a witch ." and with his question, "You never know for sure how a .
             girls mind works (do you really think there is a mind in there or just a lil buzz, like a bee .
             in a glass jar?)"(Updike) His first perceptions of these girls that walk into his store are .
             not favorable, it is not until he notices the reactions of the other customers that his ideals .
             change. Sammy refers to them as sheep (the customers). Even his perception of his co-.
             worker is a negative one. He cracks on Stoksies aspirations to be more than he is.
             While watching these girls meandering thru the aisles and the customers reactions he .
             realizes he too is like a sheep (that combined with hormones) he tells us in the statement .
             ".it made my stomach rub the inside of my apron."(Updike) He knew these girls .
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             were not sheep and an amusing new admiration for them came over him. Especially for .
             the one he named in his mind "Queenie". In Plato's allegory "And suppose once more, .
             that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he 's forced .
             into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he .
             approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all .

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