Araby\” by James Joyce and A and P \” by John Updike are both short stories in which the central characters are in love with women who dont even know it. The Araby story started sad and ended sadder, however, the A and P story started happy and ended with a heroic act that went unnoticed. The main characters are both experience new situations and truths of which they were not previously aware. Both stories will be examined with contemplation according to the type of initiation that took place, the similar and different features of both characters and various elements of the short stories.

In the two stories, both characters were experiencing an initiation or awareness of new actualities that were outside of themselves. The main characters both clearly learned that this instigation was beyond their control. It was impossible for them to ignore the new certainty, which they both came to understand. The location in Araby was in Dublin in a quite place North Richmond Street, being blind was a quiet street. (Joyce 728). The young man is poor and lived in an old house.

No one took care of this house, so it was in bad condition Air, musty from having been long enclosed, hung in all the rooms the waster room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless paper. (Joyce 728). The garden was growing out of control; books were everywhere, and a priest died in one of the rooms. It was windy and dark, cold at sundown, and it was winter. Everything looked dark, including the street lamps. He doesnt live in the best neighborhood.

The boy in Araby is secretly in love with his best friends sister who lives in his We only know about the girl based on what the boy thinks of her Her image accompanied me even in places the most hostile to romance(Joyce 729) but not what the girl thinks of the boy. The boy is shy watched her from our shadow peer up and down the street. Every morning I lay on the front parlous watching her door. The blind was pulled down to within an inch of the sash so that I could not be seen. (Joyce 729).

Throughout the story, we dont know what type of person she is, but she had a very positive influence on him Her figure defined by the light from the half opened door, her dress swung as she moved her body, and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to sidethe light from the lamp opposite out door caught the white curve of her neck, lit up her hair that rested here and, falling, lit up the hand upon the railing. At fell over one side of her and caught the white border of a petticoat, just visible as she stood at ease. (Joyce 729).

John Updikes A and P takes place near the beach and it was summer time and the story took place on a sunny Thursday afternoon. In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits. (Updike 733). Sammy, the clerk at the store is nineteen-year-old young man. Three young women in their bathing suits entered the store. They caught his eye, and Sammy seems to have the gift of scrutinizing and examining girls There was this chunky one, with the two piece-it was bright green and the seams on the bra were still sharp and her belly was still pretty pale.

On the second girl Sammys impression was There was this one with one of those chubby berry-faces, the lips all bunched together. the kind of girl other girls think is very striking and attractive. (Updike 733) and the third one he called her Queen or Queenie She was the queen. She kind of led them, the other two peeking around and making their shoulders round. She didnt look around (Updike 733). He felt connected to her anyway that he thinks of himself as leader too.

She didnt walk in her bare feet that much, putting down her heels and then letting the weight move along her toes as she was testing the floor with every step. (Updike 733). The way the girls were walking appeared to have angered the Lengel and he comes over and says Girls, this isnt the beach. (Updike 735) Quienie feel embarrassed, Sammy felt bad very her Her voice kind startled me(Updike 735) and in signal of rebelliousness he gave up his employment at the A and P store. Sammy felt that by giving up his job, he sent a clear message of Legens action and behavior toward the girls.

Sammys the hope that they will stop Hoping theyll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero. But they didnt They keep right on goingthey flicker across the lot to their car. (Updike 736). At the end, Sammy was happy, he won his freedom and he reacted according to his conscience. He is only nineteen, he is young, however, he does not realize the significance of the act which he committed. But, the girls are gone and he is alone. Sammy realizes that the world is going to be hard for him from this point on.

In both stories, the boys went the extra mile to reach the girl they want and both failed. The Araby, promised his girl to buy her a gift from the Bazaar and he knew he couldnt afford it and Sammy from the A and P store quits his job because he disagreed with the owner. Both of these guys went out of their way for girls that they dont really know. Araby guy begs for money from his uncle and goes to a bazaar, only to be humiliated because he is too poor to buy anything. A & P boy quits his job to make a statement defending Queenies honor.

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