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In the story A&P by John Updike, the main character Sammy is portrayed as a typical young male. When the three young females enter the store, he is quickly distracted from his duties. As he watches the young girls move throughout the store, he describes each of their bodies in detail giving away his overwhelming sexual awareness. Sammy is so distracted by these bathing beauties that he rings up some old bats item twice and makes her angry. It is made quite evident that Sammy is finely attuned to each and every movement of these young ladies as they amble down each and every aisle throughout the store.Sammys carnal mindedness is first made apparent in the story when he describes the chunky one in her green, two-piece bathing suit. Sammy describes this girl as having a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two creasants of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the back of her legs (Updike 369). Sammys hormones kick into overdrive when he sets his eyes upon this girls overly fleshy backside. Sammy states that he likes what he sees even though this chic is chunky and her butt is soft and wide. It is quite clear that Sammy has a fetish of some sort with big cans when he refers to the girl as the plump one in plaid, that I liked better from the back-a really sweet can (Updike 372). Next Sammy focuses his attention on the tall, black haired girl. He views this young lady as pretty but not beautiful-the kind of girl other girls think is very striking and attractive but never quite makes it (Updike 370). Sammys sexual interest in this young female is described very overtly as he states not that as raw material she was so bad (Updike 373) right after he labels her as a Big Tall Goony-Goony (Updike 373).Although he is attracted to all three girls, it is quite evident that Sammy is salivating as he sizes up Queenie. Sammys description of this broad is more vivid than the other two: The w...

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