Analyze Sammy, the narrator of John Updike’s “A&P,” as a character
ENC 1102 (Online)
Writing Assignment #1
Choose one of the following topics and write an essay of 800-1,200 words responding to it (please note that the word count is a ballpark figure; your essay will probably fall into that range, but it may be shorter or longer—just be sure you’ve supported your thesis and topic sentences as completely as possible). Please note that a serious, college-level essay should comprise AT LEAST FIVE paragraphs (though more will likely be better!). And please do NOT feel as if you must address every question I bring up in the prompts below—in other words, don’t use them as a literal prescription for ordering your essay. Use the questions to get your thinking on the story going.
NOTE: These questions below are meant to get you thinking and brainstorming about a way to analyze (examine, explain, discuss) the story. However, you are absolutely welcome to come up with a different approach to the story if you wish. Just make sure your thesis makes an opinionated claim (takes an analytical position) about the story. If you’re unsure, feel free to e-mail me your idea.
1) Analyze Sammy, the narrator of John Updike’s “A&P,” as a character. Explain what his observations about the girls, Lengel, the store, and/or his community tell us about this fictional character. How might the way he thinks affect the reader’s opinion of him? Do keep in mind that as readers we are getting unfiltered access to his thoughts, and that he only speaks a few words in the story. You may want to consider why he chooses to quit his job as part of your analysis of his character, too.2) The contrasts between Maggie’s/Mrs. Johnson’s