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In the story AP by John Updike the main character Sammy makes the leap from an adolescent knowing little more about life than what he has learned working at the local grocery store into a man prepared for the rough road that lies ahead As the story begins Sammy is nineteen and has no real grasp for the fact that he is about to be living on his own working to support himself Throughout the course of the story he changes with a definite step into first a young man realizing that he must get out of the hole he is in and further into a man who has a grasp on reality looking forward to starting his own family In the beginning Sammy is but a youth growing up learning what he knows about life in small town grocery store His role models include Stokesie the twenty-two year-old supporting a family doing the same job Sammy does yet aspiring to one day have the managers position and Lengel the store manager who most certainly started out in the same place that Stokesie and he were already in Stoksie the great role model continues to be as adolescent as Sammy with his Oh Daddy I feel so faint and even Sammy sees this noting that as far as I can tell thats the only difference between he and I Sammy whittles away his days looking at pretty girls and thinking about the ways of people He hardly realizes that this is how he will spend his entire existence if he doesnt soon get out of this job During this day that will prove to change his life he makes the step towards his realization He decides that he doesnt want to spend the rest of his life working at an AP competing for the store managers position Sammy thinks to himself about his parents current social class and what they serve at cocktail parties And
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