Why does Sammy quit his job so suddenly in "A&P"? Is his gesture genuinely heroic, or is it merely the misguided idealism of a rebellious adolescent? How is it prepared for earlier in the story? Why is it ironic?

Sammy quits his job so suddenly in an attempt to impress Queenie and gain her admiration. Since Sammy hopes to personally benefit from his dramatic decision, his quitting is not genuinely heroic and would constitute merely the misguided idealism of a rebellious adolescent. Sammy's motive is revealed earlier in the story through his elevated perception of Queenie, and it is ironic that his gesture goes unnoticed by the girls.

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In "A&P," Sammy quits his job as a romantic gesture in an attempt to gain Queenie's attention and admiration. Sammy hopes that Queenie will take notice of his gesture and possibly entertain the idea of dating him. Sammy is portrayed as a cynical teenager who dislikes his mundane job and strict manager, Lengel. Once Sammy spots Queenie and her group of friends wearing bathing suits as they casually shop, he pauses from his typical routine and follows them with his eyes through the aisles. As soon as girls reach his checkout register, Lengel walks out of his office and comments on their bathing suits. Lengel embarrasses the girls by saying that their attire is against the store's policy and advises them to put on decent clothes before entering the store again.

After Lengel chastises the girls, Sammy comes to their defense by quitting on the spot. Sammy provides insight into his dramatic decision by saying, "The girls, and who'd blame them, are in a hurry to get out, so I say "I quit" to...

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