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The Venture to Manhood John Updikes AP illustrates how a few short moments in a persons life can change the outcome forever The actions speeches and comments of others in the story influence the main character Sammy to make a life changing decision Sammy is a complex character with many personality traits that were brought out by the actions of others In the first part of the story an old lady at the cash register started giving Sammy problems when he rung up the box of crackers twice while drooling on three girls Sammy suggests that if she had been born at the right time they would have burn her in Salem 344 By suggesting that the lady would have been burned made Sammy seem immature Sammy was not patient with the lady which goes back to him being a teenager that didnt care about his job The only thing he was worried about was the girls that just walked in Being a teenage boy the way Sammy was checking out the girl in bathing suits was only natural The intense investigation of each girl is what defines Sammys personality He describes each girl in detail showing that he is an imaginative person while also showing that he is not very worried about his work As he traces every step the girls make through the store he develops in his mind from their looks only what type of people they are For example he talks about the second girl as you know the kind of girl other girls think is very striking or attractive but never quite makes it 344
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