… The “A & P,” by John Updike was written in 1961. The story takes place on a summer afternoon in an eastern coastal town at a local grocery store, the A & P. The protagonist is Sammy, a teenaged boy who works at the A&P. Sammy is also the narrator of the story, the reader sees through his eyes and thoughts. This story, which chronicles an afternoon at the A&P, could be called a ‘coming of age’ story, due to Sammy’s stand against authority and his decision to make his own choice regardless of the consequences. However, it seems …
… blink of an eye, an impulse swept into action by a few minutes of fantasy. As Sammy glances back into the A&P, he says, “my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter” (Updike pg).
Updike, John. “A & P.” http://neuro.dns2go.com/e12/a_p.htm. (accessed 09-21-2002).