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The Disillusionment of Love Araby by James Joyce and A and P by John Updike are both short stories in which the central characters are in love with women who dont even know it The Araby story started sad and ended sadder however the A and P story started happy and ended with a heroic act that went unnoticed The main characters in each story experience new situations and truths of which they were not previously aware Both stories will be examined with contemplation according to the type of initiation that took place the similar and different features of both characters and various elements of the short stories In the two stories both characters were experiencing an initiation or awareness of new actualities that were outside of themselves The main characters both clearly learned that this instigation was beyond their control It was impossible for them to ignore the new certainty which they both came to understand Both boys make monetary sacrifices for girls they are enamored with only to let themselves down The boys learn that love hurts The location in Araby was in Dublin in a quiet place North Richmond Street being blind was a quiet streetJoyce 728 The young man is poor and lived in an old house No one took care of this house so it was in bad condition Air musty from having been long enclosed hung in all the rooms the waster room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless paper Joyce 728 The garden was growing out of control books were everywhere and a priest died in one of the rooms It was windy and dark cold at sundown and it was winter Everything looked dark including the street lamps He doesnt live in the best neighborhood The boy in Araby is secretly in love with his best friends sister who lives in his neighborhood We only know about the girl based on what the
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