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The story AP by John Updike illustrates the choice of a young man to follow principle and to have a more liberal way of life Sammy a nineteen year-old was a worker at the local AP Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company in a middle class neighborhood and he was led to quit his job as a protest against a perceived insult to a young woman he admired He wanted to quit his job as he did not like it and moreover he was not contended with the way of life and culture of his town He wanted to have his own liberal way of life which had no restrictions Sammys gesture was also directed at getting the attention of the girls at the store He wanted to prove himself heroic in front of them through his gesture of protest Sammys view of life was different from those around him He had a more broad-minded attitude towards life This can be understood from the fact that he wasnt bothered by the appearance of the three girls in bathing suits inside a grocery store He did not care if the people had normal and decent clothing He had no regard for authority and wished to follow his own instincts Sammy did not have a positive attitude towards his job He despised it and this was a reason why he quit It is evident when he says I go through the punches 4 9 GROC TOT - its more complicated than you think and after you do it often enough it begins to make a little song and nestle the herrings in a bag and twist its neck and hand it over all the time thinking John Updike 1283 that Sammy is not enjoying his job because if he is then he wouldnt be goofing around at his workplace He did not dislike the people working with him as he had friends example Stokesie but his
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