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Choices Made Essay

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Choices Made
Karma the cosmic law of cause and effect is evident in the choices made by people all the time. When a choice is made in a split second the consequences of that choice are not always taken into account. Most choices are made for more than just a single sided reason. On one side there is the noble selfless act and then there is the self-centered reasons on which a majority of choices are made. The consequences of a choice can be worse than what is expected at the time the choice is made. In John Updike’s “A&P” the main character Sammy makes the choice to quite his job after his boss embarrasses three girls that are going through his check out lane. The choice Sammy makes is not ...view middle of the document...

The choice is made and the effects are set into motion there is no turning back for Sammy.
Sammy makes this choice because he wants to be chivalrous and be their hero for standing up for them. He is hoping that by doing this it will catch the attention of Queenie the leader of the group. He also does not want to end up like the butcher, Lengel, or Stokesie. He wants to rebel and make more of his life then just following the conventional line, like a mindless sheep. Updike describes the mindless sheep perfect by saying, “the sheep pushing their carts down the aisle-the girls were walking against the usual traffic…”(151). Sammy is a young man around nineteen years old living in the late the 1950’s and early 1960’s where it is expected of him to work full time, get married, and have a family. Sammy still wants to experience the world and have fun before settling down.
Sammy made the choice, now he has to be prepared to deal with the consequences that come with it. Updike portrays that Sammy is mentally preparing for these consequence by saying, “[h]is face was dark grey and his back stiff, as if he’d just had an injection of iron, and my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter”( 154). The immediate ramification he has to face is the fact that he no longer has a job, and that means no paycheck. Sammy will also have to face the disappoint...

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