Unrealisticism In A & P By John Updike And Araby

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A&P by John Updike and Araby by James Joyce are about young men who are attracted to women they meet based on the their physical appearance and nothing else. These men, however, are being portrayed unrealistically. In A&P, the protagonist Sammy makes an unintelligent decision based on his misogynistic manager 's behaviour. Araby portrays it 's main character as sacrificing heavily because of the influence of an attractive woman. Both characters are depicted unfairly and unrealistically as simple creatures with untrained and impetuous minds. Updike and Joyce have both fictionalized the actions of these males in unrealistic ways that lead one to believe, unjustly, that teen males have no mental capability outside of lusting after females. John…show more content…
The protagonist of Araby is a young boy who is infatuated with his friend Mangan 's sister. The setting, and the introduction of the this woman is nearly identical to that in A&P. Joyce 's narrator spends his time “lay[ing] on the floor in the front parlour watching [Magnan 's sister 's] door” (Joyce 182). Immediately from the outset of the story, Joyce has rendered the narrator as someone who frivolously awaits his female interest with no other motivation. The main character then finally encounters Magnan 's sister personally, where she tells him about a bazaar near town called Araby. Joyce 's protagonist is shocked when Magnan 's sister “addresse[s] the first words to [him]” (Joyce 183) as he has spent a plethora of time yearning for an interaction with her. Joyce has implemented the idea into Araby that males are inherently reliant on females. Interestingly, Joyce has incorporated another male character in his story that is presented as inferior to his female counterpart. The purpose of the narrator 's uncle in the story is to slow the main character from going to Araby. The Uncle comes home much later than expected, and is chastised my his wife: “Can 't you give him the money and let him go? You 'v kept him late enough as it…show more content…
Though, when one examines their true purpose and commentary it is revealed to be a direct assault on the principles of what it means to be a man. Both short stories depict men whose only purpose is to impress females; or, men who are simply foolish. While both stories are misogynistic superficially as the men treat the women as sex objects, the true offence is the misandristic stereotype that this is what a typical teenage boy would do. This idea permeates through the entirety of both stories. This irresponsible idealism negatively effects ones view of males as a gender. This leaves one question, if the misogyny of the stories is widely reputed, why is the misandry blatantly
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