Breaking The Mold Essay

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Jasmine ThompsonDavid C. DarracottEnglish 1101October 8, 2014Breaking the Mold In the story "A&P" by John Updike the character Sammy shows a transformation from accepting his social standing in life to making a rebellious decision because of an experience with several girls in the store. The story begins with the young man, Sammy, in a small community, located in New England, working at a small grocery store. It is the kind of place where everyone seems to know each other. There is not much to do and not many places to go. No one breaks the norm or pushes for change. A young person in a town like this can either accept the social status they were born into or break ties and try to do ...view middle of the document...

He sees his coworker, Stokesie, and manager, Lengel, and their lives planned ahead of them. His manger is someone who does nothing but, "scuttle into that door marked MANAGER behind which he hides all day." (4). Basically to him he is a coward and someone with a dull life. His coworker and friend is twenty two and according to Sammy Stokesie is, "married with two babies chalked up on his fuselage already, but as far as I can tell that's the only difference." (3). Referring to himself, Sammy is saying there is not much difference between himself and Stokesie other than having kids. In a few years that could be him. To him staying in this town, doing what he's doing, means becoming them. All of this is becoming increasingly apparent to Sammy, just as is the realization that he really doesn't want that life. He doesn't want to be part of the townspeople he so commonly refers to as "sheep". His life could be something more he just doesn't know what, or what to do yet.When the girls come into the store they definitely make a scene. From the beginning they go against the grain and flaunt themselves. Being scantily clad in bathing suits they are a sight that is especially not common in a town that is not even close to the beach. Sammy even finds it humorous how the girls disrupt the store, as such, " the girls were walking against the usual traffic (not that there were any signs or anything) were pretty hilarious. You could see them, when Queenie's white shoulders dawned on them, kind of a jerk, or hop, or hiccup, but their eyes snapped back to their own baskets and on they pushed." (3). Sammy finds the girls presence, especially Queenies, enchanting...

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