In view. Seeing the story was written in

In the exposition, three teenage girls, wearing only bathing suits walk into an A&P grocery store. Sammy, the cashier at the checkout, watches them closely. He examines the girls for their looks and their personalities, speculating about their reason for coming in the store the way they are. In the rising action, Lengel, the store manager, goes to Sammy’s checkout line and starts to criticize the girl’s attire.

The climax occurs when the girls are leaving the store. Sammy turns to Lengel and quits his job and stands up for the girls, who of course didn’t even notice. In the falling action. The action falls when Sammy leaves the store and is in search of the girls who are already long gone.

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The resolution is when Sammy takes off his A apron and bow tie and leaves it on the counter after quitting. The main conflict in this story is when the manager, Lengel starts telling the girls that they can come dress like that and embarrass themselves. Sammy, trying to be the big hero, quits and attempts to get the girls attention. “The girls, and who’d blame them are in a hurry to get out, so I say “I quit” to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they’ll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero.” Lengel made the girls feel inferior and powerless just because they came in wearing their bathing suits.

Lengel is the story’s antagonist and A&P’s store manager. He is a Sunday school teacher and is also all about the rules. He purposefully ruins the girls day and confronts them on their bathing suit.Sammy is the protagonist and narrator. He’s the protagonist because he proves to be a hero and stands up for the girls who were getting crap from Lengel. The narrator is telling the story in the first person omniscient point of view. Seeing the story was written in the first person point of view; he might’ve left some details out, and the story might be a little biased.

Sammy’s point of view changes over time. Over the time of the story, Sammy goes from complaining to doing something about it and stands up for the girls and quits. The most ironic part of A&P is when Sammy quits his job. He talks about how he is such a great hero, but the girls can’t hear him because they are already too far away from him. He had the opportunity to take back his statement on quitting, but he wanted to stand up for the girls and what he thought was right.


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