Create a 2 page essay paper that discusses Comparison/contrast (literture).
In Updike’s “A&P,” Sammy is the narrator. He works at the cash register in a small grocery store approximately five miles from the ‘point’ and in the center of town. He begins his story when he notices three girls in the store, all of whom are wearing nothing but bikini bathing suits. His descriptions of the girls are somewhat crass,
using colloquial language to describe body parts and focusing in on those areas where a tan line is obvious. This direction of his thoughts emphasizes his immaturity as his eyes continue to hunt for the girls while they move around the store. “The whole store was like a pinball machine and I didn’t know which tunnel they’d come out of.” While he remains focused on the ‘eye candy’, the manager comes out and points out that the girls are improperly clothed for shopping, which Sammy himself has considered. When the girls become embarrassed by this, Sammy gets angry and asserts his authority by quitting his job in order to be a hero for the girls. However, the girls don’t even know he’s done anything and he realizes the foolishness of the act even while he’s doing it. The story ends with Sammy a wiser, but not happier man.
In “The Man who was Almost a Man”, Wright presents the story of David Seymour who is a farm laborer in the rural South in the early 1900s. David works hard in the fields all day and, despite his accomplishments, decides that the only way he will gain the respect of being a man is if he owns a gun. At the beginning of the story, Dave finishes his work and thinks to himself “a man oughta hava little gun aftah he done worked hard all day” because only men carry guns. After saving his money as much as he can, Dave buys the gun he’s been craving and feels like a man for only a brief period of time. With his first shot, he kills his boss’s mule,