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James Joyces Dubliners The Encounter is a story based on perception versus knowledge In contrast Araby is based on imaginary relationships and learning to see things The main character does not see the world for what it is because of his perceptions The moment of epiphany for the boy in The Encounter is when he realizes that he is coward For the boy in Araby his moment of epiphany is when he realizes that his reality is just a fantasy and what he sees its what he doesnt know how to do He viewed himself as a loser In James Joyces stories The Encounter and Araby the main characters are faced with the painful revelation of their own immaturity and narcissistic behavior which then changed how they viewed themselves as adults For example in The Encounter the boy is portrayed as a nave inexperienced arrogant possible twelve-year-old The moment he and his friend Mahony embark on an adventure they were faced with the unexpected encounter with an old man This man was potentially dangerous possibly a child molester When the old man introduced himself to the boys he mentioned that he had read some books Since the boy was interested in what the adult had to say he wanted to impress him and be liked I pretended that I had read every book he mentioned so that in the end he said Ah I can see you are a book worm like myself Joyce 12 The boy puts himself in a very vulnerable situation The old man made some remarks that made the boy feel threatened since he did not have a lot of experience and was not perceptive that something wrong was going on he just listened The old man stated and if a boy had girl for a sweetheart and told lies about it then he would give him such a whipping as no boy ever got in this world Joyce 14
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