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In the stories Araby by James Joyce and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro there is a common theme of growing up In both of these stories the characters came to a realization of who they were and what they wanted to be They both are of the age when reality strikes and priorities take on meaning The characters in both stories evolve through rites of passage but the way in which these revolutions occur differ with each character These stories can be seen as different from each other in many ways The young boy lives in a house in a suburban area without a mother or a father but with guardians He has a group of friends nearby he hangs out with Though he has no siblings His revelation lets him realize the finer things in life like women He finds his friends are boring and no longer wants to play Also he obsesses over the young girl across the street in an unhealthy way It almost seems as if he could grow to be a psychopath He follows behind her on the way to school waits for her before school and watches her from his door The young girl on the other hand lives in the outskirts of town if not pure country She does not play with anybody but a younger brother she has She worships her father and neglects her mother She also has no respect for her mother although later in the story she goes on about all the hard work she does Unlike the boy the young girl is kept occupied with lots of work In comparing these two stories you will obviously notice the close ages of these two Although the stories never tell of an exact age their behavior and thoughts put us at a close guess Both kids seem lonely and in their own realm They are both going through a time in their life
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