Compare Araby And A & P

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James Joyce’s “Araby”, is about young boy who lives in Dublin has a crush on a young lady who lives across the street from his house. John Updike’s “A&P” is based on a teenage boy named Sammy who lives in a small New England town, has an affection for a lady who walks into the store where he works at with other two girls wearing bathing suits. In the short stories “Araby” and “A&P”, The main characters are similar in several ways, Both characters have a crush on the opposite sex, both tried to impress the opposite sex, and they also came to realized that their affections for the opposite sex is not realistic.

Both the Main characters have crush on young women. In Araby the unnamed boy has a crush on his friend’s Sister. He describes
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For the boy in “Araby” He finds out that his crush on his friend’s Sister was just a fantasy. He goes to Araby in search of getting a gift for his lover. He arrives late to the bazaar and finds out the bazaar was closing and the sales people where uninterested in his presence, so the boy is left frustrated because to him Araby was supposed to represent a world full of romance, which would have helped his crush on his friend’s sister become a realistic one because he believed getting a gift from Araby would have convinced his friend’s sister to have a love relationship with him. At the end of the story the Boy says this, “I saw myself as creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger” (Joyce 90). The Boy is frustrated that his dream has been crushed, and realized that he can’t be the lover of his friend’s. Like the boy in “Araby”, Sammy has realized that his crush on Queenie was just a fantasy, and he is left disappointed because he has scarified is job in order to stand up for the young lady he has a crush on for being insulted by his manager, in which he thought he would impress her, and therefore she would be interested in him, but instead Sammy is left regretting for quitting his job in order to get the young lady to love him because in the end he finds out that she no interest in him by leaving the store, and not even thanking him for stand up for her. The last line of the story he says,” My stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter” (Updike39). Sammy thinks that he has learned that society could be harsh
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