It is also interesting that Updike introduces brand names into the story. Though by quitting his job it is also possible that Sammy is displaying a sense of individuality, which mirrors the individuality that he believes Queenie and her friends are showing by walking around the store in their bathing suits. Themes The largest theme in the short story is that of coming-of-age and growth. The usual customers, women wearing shorts and skirts over their varicose vein mapped legs, pay no attention to the girls, but the writer leans against his cash register and watches them as they make their rounds. One day, three girls in bathing suits come into the store. You can see this idea at work in his poetry and literary criticism as well.
His trick is to delve headfirst into an issue, but to do so in a humorous manner. It's not as if we're on the Cape; we're north of Boston and there's people in this town haven't seen the ocean for twenty years. From the third slot I look straight up this aisle to the meat counter, and I watched them all the way. Sammy begins to imagine things about each girl, assigning characteristics to each of them. The characters in this play are simple, common people that live in the town of Salem in the year 1692. His grand gesture of sympathy for the girls—his quitting—goes unnoticed, and his motivations are muddled and confused.
We watch Sammy change from a teen who does what is expected of him to one who goes against authority and realizes that he is alone. Lesson Summary John Updike was a successful author, poet, and literary critic. A couple customers that had been heading for my slot begin to knock against each other, like scared pigs in a chute. Through each work, Updike counters innocence with knowledge and rebellion against submission. Sammy is an anti-hero because he is an ordinary person who.
Sammy immediately notices the most attractive one, who he names 'Queenie. Finally, there is the theme of society and class. He has many more stepping stones to take in life and he will continue to learn from each one. In an interview, Updike spells out what Sammy hints at in the story: that Queenie is a rich girl. Updike writes often about middle-class America, and this is another good example.
Sammy works at the register in the store and is always observing the people who walk in and out each day. Entering the story near the end, he represents the system: management, policy, decency, and the way things are. They didn't even have shoes on. He seems to enjoy working at the place where his parents got him the job and finds himself very intrigued by analyzing the people who walk into his work. Updike often told stories of life in small town America. Through the use of organization, diction and figurative language, the poem is composed in a creative manner.
Updike also continued to write poetry, usually. The leader of the trio, who has her bathing suit straps down, catches his eye. His language indicates that, at age 19, he is both cynical and romantic. I'm in the third check-out slot, with my back to the door, so I don't see them until they're over by the bread. .
Aha - so Sammy does know how the story ends, and he's telling it, thinking it, or writing it sometime after. I do not think so; I believe he makes the right decision, resigning not only to impress the girls, but also to rebel against the policy-based views in society. Like most young men, Sammy seeks happiness, freedom, an exciting life. There is a sudden change in Sammy's attitude toward the girls throughout the story. The girls walk up and down the aisles catching the attention of many of the other customers. Although he fails to obtain respect from the girls, his decision, his first step in transforming his unsatisfactory life, may help him realize who he is and who he wants to be.
There wasn't anybody but some young married screaming with her children about some candy they didn't get by the door of a powder-blue Falcon station wagon. But take this great sentence: I uncrease the bill, tenderly as you may imagine, it just having come from between the two smoothest scoops of vanilla I had ever known were there, and pass a half and a penny into her narrow pink palm, and nestle the herrings in a bag and twist its neck and hand it over, all the time thinking. Quitting has been rooted in his mind for a long time. John Updike died Tuesday, January 27th 2009 at age 76. A main character in a dramatic or narrative work that is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage is an anti-hero. In Sammy, however, the girls inspire a more profound reaction.