arrives as the event is coming to a close. In the end he realizes, that he didn’t have the money to boy the gift for the girl, and learns a valuable lesson, that his ideals were childish, he didn’t take into consideration what the fair was actually about. In the end of the story, the boy denies a merchant then says, “Gazing up into the darkness, I saw myself derided by vanity; any my eyes burned with anguish and anger.” 2. “A & P”
Seeley 2 As “Araby” was, “A & P” is coming of age story. Sammy is a typical 19 year old who works at a grocery store. When a group of girls enter his store, based on their reactions and what he hears and sees, he begins to change. Despite his fears of being a disappointment to his parents, Sam quits his job at the store in support of the girls, and not wanting to work at a grocery store the rest of his life like his coworkers. In the beginning of the story, Sam makes it clear his is different from the other workers, but is seen as questioning his conformity to others at the store. The girls who enter the store at request to grab snacks by their mother, represent what’s different, the nonconformity in the story. The girls go against what’s ideal and expected, even normal.
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