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When I read John Updikes short story A P for the first time I was very entertained In this story Sammy is a sales clerk at an A P He fills his long work days with watching the customers and coming to humorous conclusions about them until three particular teenage girls walked into the store scantily clad in swimsuits and bare shoulders When Lengel the boss sees how inappropriately they are dressed he asks them to leave Sammy sees this as an injustice and quit his job to be a hero to the girls but by the time he gets outside they are gone and Sammy is left with the realization that the world might not be as easy on him as it was before I related very well to it because the main character Sammy is a teenager just like I am and some of our thought processes are similarThere have been countless times in my life where I have made hasty decisions that I have regretted very quickly Not all of my decisions have been as weighted as Sammys to quit his job instead they can be as seemingly little as a quick purchase of a clothing item I dont really need or perhaps how I spend my evenings when I have a large amount of homework due the next day I have read many different studies that suggest that the frontal lobe of the brain is not fully developed until age 25 an age that both Sammy and I have not yet reached This frontal lobe is responsible for focusing attention organizing thoughts and problem solving foreseeing and weighing possible consequences of behavior considering the future and making predictions ability to balance short-term rewards with long term goals impulse control and delaying gratification and inhibiting inappropriate behavior and initiating appropriate behavior Walsh It is easy to see that Sammy is lacking many of these qualities after reading this story
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