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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 acommon experience: Inexperience and Immaturity. In “Araby,” the unnamed narrator, who is inhis early teenage years, goes on a quest to the bazaar as a means to fulfill a promise he made tohis 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 animmature 19-year-old who quits his job as a means to escape from the drudgery of working as acashier and to impress a beautiful girl who has been humiliated by his boss. His immaturity is aresult of not knowing his place in the world and where he belongs. In both stories, the respectiveactions of both protagonists provoke self-realizations, differing slightly because of their agedifference; the narrator in “Araby” learns that his expectations of people and places willsometimes fall short, while Sammy learns how complicated the world is.In “Araby,” the narrator is infatuated with his friend Mangan’s sister. Every morning hewatches out of the front of his house for her so that he can follow her to school. He never speaksto 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 fromthe shock that she has spoken to him, the narrator promises her that he will bring an item backfrom the Araby for her. After speaking to Mangan’s sister, the narrator “had hardly any patiencewith serious work of life,” which now, “seemed to [him] child’s play, ugly monotonous child’splay.” (122). This is the first time where the narrator is yearning to become an adult. He is tired

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