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Liu YuYang, Liu Dr. Jutta Schamp English 2 05/04/2011 1 Do you think “Araby” is a story of initiation? Why or why not? 2 Every adult once in his life have crossed the blurred line between childhood and adolescence. This line appears to be a border where one’s childishly sincere feelings first encounter and adjust to traditional vanity of the real world. At what age this clash would appear, depends on one’s unique personal experience which becomes the foundation of one’s self-identity in correspondence to just realized real meaning of one’s feelings, actions, and one’s place and role in the society. Thus, “Araby” by James Jones is a story about the boy- narrator’s initiation into young adulthood through his first love and vanity experience. Of course, the first thing that signified boy’s transformation into young man was him actually falling in love. Until some age, boys and girls usually realize only obvious difference between them which lead them to playing separately, being uninterested in each other. Thus, while Mangan “and two other boys were fighting for their caps . . . [the narrator] was alone at the railings . . . [with Mangan’s sister, noticing] white curve of her neck”, beauty of her hair, “her dress and . . . the white border of a petticoat” (Joyce) - for the first time discovering the gravity of woman’s beauty. Vivid sign of initiation process taking place was that the narrator’s love had both childish and adult features. Only boy’s love could be expressed in such an innocent and sincere way, without any signs of life’s harsh influence on one’s sensitivity and faith in true love: “Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand. My eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom” (Joyce). On the other hand, part-consciously, the narrator understood that he should hide and be ashamed of such intimate feelings: “The blind was pulled down to within an inch of the
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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