Literary Analysis on a&P

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John Delaway
ENC1102
Professor McGuirk
May 20th, 2013
Judging by the way Sammy speaks; he views himself as an ordinary guy, just trying to get by in the world just like everyone else but is a bit more fortunate than others. His educational level is more advanced than what most people in that era would have had. For example, his father had the connections to get him the job at the supermarket which can be assumed that he is from a higher class level family. This point makes it clear when he tells the manager of A & P that he wants to quit. The manager goes on to say that he would not want to make that decision and upset his father. What proves to be inessential in the first eleven paragraphs is the extended detail about the girls walking around the supermarket. I don’t think that there is enough material to actually understand the true story of what is actually going on. The only known fact is that three girls come into the store and Sammy, who seems to be infatuated with one of them, is entertained by the fact of how they come into the store. I think any other character would have approached this material in a less interested manner and would have been blunter about what they had seen at the store while they were shopping and the scene that had occurred between Sammy and his manager. Sammy is an experienced “girl watcher” by how he analyzes every detail about the girls. For example, he quotes “The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece. She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs.” This very clearly states how he has analyzed a lot of girls’ bodies and every type that he has come across. What he thinks he knows about most girls is that he thinks they are pleasant, innocent, and…...

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