Joyce vs Updike

Joyce vs Updike - Leahy 1 Cameron Leahy March 20th, 2008...

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Leahy 1 Cameron Leahy March 20 th , 2008 English 112 Professor Lesman Whether a work of literature focuses on a bazaar in 19 th century Ireland or a grocery store in modern America, there exist themes so universal that they cross the divides of time and place. In John Updikes’s “A&P” and James Joyce’s “Araby,” the worlds that the main characters inhabit are poles apart, yet both stories explore a common theme—the passion, and often humiliation, of teenage love and lust. In “Araby,” the young boy spends a great deal of time preparing and traveling to the bazaar, where he has pledged to buy a gift for the older girl who so consumes his thoughts. Joyce creates an air of trepidation and anxiety that plagues the boy as he awaits his opportunity to woo her. “What innumerable follies laid waste my waking and sleeping thoughts after that evening!” says the boy. “I wished to annihilate the tedious intervening
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Lesman during the Spring '08 term at VCCS.

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