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Running head: M1A1 COMPARING AND CONTRASTING TWO STORIES1Araby and A&P Inexperienced and ImmaturityWilliam NatalENG 102
M1A1 COMPARING AND CONTRASTING TWO STORIES2Araby and A&P Inexperienced and ImmaturityThe short stories, “Araby,” by James Joyce and “A & P,” by John Updike both focus on a common experience: Inexperience and Immaturity. In “Araby,” the unnamed narrator, who is in his early teenage years, goes on a quest to the bazaar as a means to fulfill a promise he made to his crush and escape the monotony of everyday life. He is immature in the way he blindly chasesafter his crush, expecting a promising future with her. In “A & P,” the narrator, Sammy, is an immature 19-year-old who quits his job as a means to escape from the drudgery of working as a cashier and to impress a beautiful girl who has been humiliated by his boss. His immaturity is a result of not knowing his place in the world and where he belongs. In both stories, the respective actions of both protagonists provoke self-realizations, differing slightly because of their age difference; the narrator in “Araby” learns that his expectations of people and places will sometimes fall short, while Sammy learns how complicated the world is.In “Araby,” the narrator is infatuated with his friend Mangan’s sister. Every morning he watches out of the front of his house for her so that he can follow her to school. He never speaks to her. He is too bashful. One morning she asks the narrator if he is going to the Araby, explaining that she cannot make the trip because of a prior engagement. After recovering from the shock that she has spoken to him, the narrator promises her that he will bring an item back from the Araby for her. After speaking to Mangan’s sister, the narrator “had hardly any patience with serious work of life,” which now, “seemed to [him] child’s play, ugly monotonous child’s play.” (122). This is the first time where the narrator is yearning to become an adult. He is tired of the monotony of school and finds his thoughts about the Araby and Mangan’s sister liberating.