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Often times in literature for the protagonist to make progress a sacrifice has to be made This sacrifice can spark progress in the movement of the story or growth in the character themselves The true development in the story comes not in the sacrifice itself but in the motives behind the characters actions In both An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and A P the protagonist sacrifices something that has a profound impact on his life but the results of their actions are vastly different John Updike develops Sammy from his short story A P in such a way that the reader senses that his frustration will eventually consume his reason and that all he is missing is the spark to set off his anger The only thing we know for sure about Sammys beliefs is that he hates the atmosphere of the A P and as a result despises his job The rest of his beliefs as they pertain to the story are left to deduction It is ironic that Sammy who describes the customers in the store as being sheep ultimately makes a sacrifice to defend the esteem of several young girls shopping in the market Upon seeing the chastising of the attractive girls by the manager Sammy immediately protests but is not engaged by the manager and so he quits his post In case Sammy hadnt realized it the manager who is a friend of the family informs him that life will be hard for him if he quits It is here that we learn that Sammy is a man of principle and he follows through with his action regardless of its consequences Lengel though was right because Sammy believes so strongly in his principles his life will be difficult After making his first significant sacrifice the world will never again look the same to Sammy Perhaps it is more important to realize that Sammy will never again look
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