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Sammy A Dynamic Character in John Updikes AP In John Updikes AP the main character Sammy becomes the storys narrator Sammy is a typical nineteen-year-old man working a boring dead end job as a grocery store cashier in a lower middle class town His only role models are Stokesie a twenty-two year-old man doing the same job as Sammy trying to support a family and Lengel his manager who most likely some years earlier held the same occupation The entrance of the beautiful Queenie and her two friends break the cycle of the stereotypical customers that Sammy sees daily these are usually women with six children and varicose veins mapping their legs and nobody including them could care less p16 This is an eye opener for Sammy who doesnt really step outside the boundaries of his boring little community Sammy not only notices Queenie as having remarkable beauty but also a slight arrogance about her she was showing them the other two girls how to do it walk slow and hold yourself straight p 15 Sammy can tell that Queenie is from at least an upper middle class family from the way she speaks and the manner she carries herself in Sammy says that he slid right down her voice into her living room p 17 Being so envious and in awe of Queenie he felt as if he had to do something to earn a place among those people in her social class proving to himself and others he is better than the run-of-the-mill customers at the AP He quit his job not to impress Queenie but to become one of the social elite While Sammy greatly admires Queenies beauty and elegant manner the ultra-conservative customers at the AP think quite differently almost negatively when Queenies white shoulders dawned on them kind of jerk or hop or hiccup but their eyes snapped back to their own baskets and on they pushed p 15
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