Why does Sammy quit in "A&P"?
Sammy's decision to quit in the middle of his shift at the A&P is not necessarily driven by a single factor.
It is important to consider when the story was written. Social mores and relationships between teenagers and adults were beginning to change when Updike wrote the story in 1961. Sammy's decision to stand up to Lengel when he mistreats the girls in the grocery store is fueled at least in part by his growing dissatisfaction with the homogeneous, suburban consumer culture exemplified in national brands like A&P. Sammy considers the other customers "sheep"—thoughtless followers with their HiHo crackers and herring snacks. His rejection of the A&P and what it embodies would, in this case,...
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Sammy from the story "A&P", quits because he is hoping that the women will come to him as a hero. He is hoping that they will be pleased with his actions so much that they will give him sex. He wants to feel like a hero and in his mind he has this imagination that since he practically "saved" them that they will reward him. Sammy is a young man who does have crazed hormones. John Updike wanted to show in this story, how against women he is. Women were not even given a voice until halfway done with story. A man is given a voice in the first page. Just comming from a feminist point of view, Sammy only quit looking to be looked as manly.