“A & P” author John Updike did a wonderful job portraying the point of view in this short story. First person point of view is used by the narrator since he, in addition, is also a character in the story. A nineteen year old boy who works at a grocery store called A&P is the protagonist, the central character of the narrative. At such a young age, Sammy has a teenage, inquisitive mind which he uses to get himself into more trouble than he can handle. Sammy is a typical sarcastic teenager with a strong sense of egocentrism, he not only believes himself to be different and distinct from his co-workers and the customers of A & P, but he even views them with contempt. He seems to believe that he is better than everyone although, in reality, he is not much different from them. The story is written in first person point of view because of Sammy’s non-appropriate descriptions, his overreactions as the story concludes, and the large array of Sammy’s foolish colloquial language.