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Sammy from John Updike's "A & P" and Sarty from William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" are two classic examples of human beings putting their foot down and representing what is morally right. In "A & P" Sammy is a young boy who works at the register of a grocery store and his life changes the day three young ladies in bathing suits come into the store. It was his boss who went up to these young ladies and told them that they are breaking the store's unwritten dress code. This led Sammy to dramatically quit his job to protest the unfair treatment which was given to the young ladies. Sarty is a ten year old boy whose sense of right and wrong had been biased by his tyrannical father. His father commits unlawful acts which hurt the family as a whole and he takes a stand to stop this type of activity. He stops the unlawful act before it actually occurred for the sake of doing what is right and in the process realized he could not return to his family. "A & P" and "Barn Burning" are two great pieces of literature that are similar in many ways, yet they are also different as well. There are many people in history that have taken a stand for what they believe in for the purpose of maintaining their dignity and self-respect and Sammy and Sarty are two classic examples of that.
Sammy and Sarty are two young male characters that show signs of dissatisfaction with the authority figures in their lives and declare independence. When Sammy's boss named Lengel confronts three young ladies and makes a public scene, Sammy couldn't help but be extremely observant. It was "his observations, so marvelously acute and so precisely and delightfully expressed" that made him unique (Dessner). It was then that he begins to notice that he strongly disagreed with the way that Lengel was treating the girls and scolding them for wearing their bathing suits. By Sammy saying the words "I quit" he simultaneously showed his dissatisfaction with their treatment as well as a way of declaring independence. The walk out of the store was significant because when he was walking out of the store the sunlight hit him strongly. This could be taken as a sign that it was the right decision and he was walking into the light which is the correct path. He did not want to stick around and work for Lengel if that was the way things were going to be handled. Similarly to Sammy, Sarty had to live under the strong authority of his overpowering father. Sarty is misled by his father and the type of person he really is. He is young and naive and he cannot help it. But towards the end of the story we receive confirmation that our worst fears are coming true when Sarty asks "Ain't you going to even send a nigger?" (258). This shows us that it was his father who had burnt down the barn of t
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