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What is a hero Although the dictionary simply states that a hero is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities no one could define the word better than an actual superhero Christopher Reeve Reeve an actor who played the role of Superman once noted that A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles Reeve 267 In addition according to Joseph Campbell an American writer on mythology a hero is someone who has given hisher life to something bigger than oneself Campbell 171 When discussing James Joyces short story Araby and EB Whites memoir Afternoon of an American Boy themes of heroism appear in each story and feature protagonists who take emotional risks as they enter the uncertain and unfamiliar world of romance Both central characters also face hindrances and obstacles in their pursuit of their goals Nevertheless there are differences between the story and the memoir as well an example being the narrative perspective as the memoir is written in a satirical style where the story is written in a darker more sombre styleBoth protagonists of Joyces Araby and Whites Afternoon are young boys that are beginning to go through puberty and are entering the discomfited stage of adolescence just discovering the profound world of romance They share a similar aspiration a quest if you will However they both are relatively inexperienced when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex in a romantic manner Where the two characters differ is their approach in courting their prospect love interests In James Joyces Araby the protagonist falls in love for the first time with the sister of his neighbour and playmate Managan Despite the fact that he had never meaningfully interacted with her he becomes absolutely fanatical about her He would habitually follow her around and he was obsessed to the point where her name was like a summons to all his
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