A Chauvinst with a a Dream ("A&P", by John Updike).

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In John Updikes's short story "A&P", Sammy serves as the 'male chauvinist' character, providing explicit descriptions of woman. On a Thursday afternoon in the summer, this young supermarket checkout boy, uses the innocence of three young girls to acquire his aspiration for a better life.

From the very beginning of the story we are served with the perception on how Sammy views women, "...nothing but bathing suits."(89) The one girl to catch his attention first was the chunky one with a two-piece plaid bathing suit on that showed off her "sweet broad soft-looking can", he even noticed parts of her body "where the sun never seems to hit."(89) His next target was "Big Tall Goony-Goon" (93) whom he says "never quite makes it" (90). Queenie, his favorite looking is described as having "the two smoothest scoops of vanilla" he has ever known. Sammy obliviously is a sexist, preying on these young girls.

After the girls stopped at the meat counter to ask "old" McMahon a question he too starred at them viewing the young girls as a piece of flesh he obviously was left in desire while he stood there "patting his mouth and looking after them sizing up their joints."(91) Sammy views women mainly as objects for men either to lust after or scowl from. He describes all of the older, less attractive shoppers as "sheep" pushing their carts around in a herd, or as "house slaves in pin curlers"(91).

In his recounting of the grocery store, only men were presented as workers, making them the only ones to be able to provide financial needs. Also, you see his view of woman by him sharing that his mother ironed his white shirt, this shows how he perceives a females' role in the household.

Throughout the story you can see...