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Essay descibes John Updikes short story A P and answers two questions- What life lessons does Sammy learn and How does Sammys experience relate to a personnal experience A single event can forever change a persons life In the short story A P by John Updike a young boy named Sammy has his life forever changed during what begins as a normal day at his job at an A P grocery store For the first time Sammy witnesses and is eventually initiated into a world of complete freedom where one can choose their own path rather than follow the path already laid Everyone at some point in their lives encounter similar situations Sammy learns that his choice to take freedom will not only effect the life he currently leads but will also have profound influences over the life he will eventually have Sammys current life revolves around going to work at the local A P in his East Coast town Luckily for Sammy his life does not remain monotonous for long His life begins to change forever as three girls in nothing but bathing suits lead by a girl who Sammy refers to as Queenie walk into the A P Sammy has never witnessed such freedom It is in these girls that Sammy sees the freedom his life is missing This truly is an unprecedented event for Sammys quiet little town where women generally put on a shirt or shoes before entering the A P and even then they are generally women with six children and varicose veins mapping their legs Queenie has a distinct advantage over Sammy and the rest of the town which allows her to act so freely specifically money Regardless of Queenies economic situation the negative reaction of the town to the girls sense of freedom will be enough to give Sammy the reason to change his life The girls are suddenly threatened by
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