Susan Minot once said, ?Teenage years. You know just what you?re doing and don?t see the things that start to get in the way.? In the stories, ?A&P? by John Updike, and ?Lust? by Susan Minot, the main characters are experiencing conflicted but transitional periods in their lives. Sammy, the main character in ?A&P,? has a happy, analytical and self-assured personality that will eventually help him quit his job. In contrast, the narrator in ?Lust,? also the main character, has a clashing personality of insecure, depressed, and illogical traits. Both characters are portrayed as adolescents who are growing up in our everyday world. For both characters, changes in their lives will derive by choices they make and decide to follow.
Updike?s character, Sammy, who is a happy teenager, currently works at the check out slot of a supermarket. He is completely enlightened with the sight of three girls walking into the store wearing very little clothing. Sammy can?t contain himself; his focus has shifted from ringing up a frustrated old woman to a young boys number one reason of losing focus. He was so fascinated by the girls
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