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In both Penelope Livelys At the Pitt-Rivers and James Joyces Araby the boy narrators have skewed views about love Throughout his particular story however each narrator realizes that his ideas on love were mistaken and begins to modify his muddled thinking In At the Pitt-Rivers the sixteen year-old narrator was certain that he knew all there was to know about love I mean Ive seen films and Ive read books and I know a bit about things As a matter of fact Ive been in love twice myself 25 - At the Pitt-Rivers The first time was with a girl from his class at school and the later time was with a girl who came to stay with her sister who lived around the corner from him He was convinced that he was knowledgeable and experienced on the subject of love However his romanticized and idealized views of love are far from the truth According to him you fancy people your own age and thats all there is to it 27-28 - ATPR and attractive people only fall in love with other attractive people The same holds true for unattractive people Theyll always be the two good lookers25 - ATPR His misconception came not only from his essentially nonexistent personal experience but from books and movies as well Ive seen films and Ive read books and I know a bit about things 25 But through observing the relationship of a couple in a museum he was able to see the errors in his thinking and begins to understand more fully what love is really about It includes things the narrator hadnt thought about before such as talking and simply enjoying anothers company It is harder to grasp what the boy from Araby initially thinks and then learns because Joyce is not as straightforward as Lively However he certainly is more nave and innocent than the teenager He is madly in love with Magnans sister
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