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During a persons lifetime he or she will go through an experience where reality sets in This realization happens either very quickly or takes time In Araby and The Swimmer the two main characters go through a circumstance that brings them into reality Even though the boy in Araby and the man Neddy in The Swimmer are in different phases of their lives they share a similarity in the process of figuring out what life has for them In Araby a young boy falls madly in love with Mangans sister a teenager He has this fantasy where he sees her and him together but in reality she doesnt pay him much attention One day she spoke to him briefly if he was going to Araby a bazaar He was so excited to get the chance to talk to her that he couldnt remember what he said He remembered her saying that she couldnt go because her convent had a retreat that weekend so he told her that he would bring her something back He finally made it to the bazaar to find the perfect gift for Mangans sister After looking around he stumbled upon a girl around the same age as his love interest talking to two guys She noticed him after a minute or so and asked if he wanted to buy something Unfortunately her tone wasnt encouraging and that she was only doing this because it was her job He said no and she went back to her conversation with the two guys The boy hung around a little longer until the bazaar shut down After visiting the bazaar and watching the girl and guys he realized he had no hope with Mangans sister In The Swimmer Neddy was a drunk who didnt want to face reality During a party on a sunny Sunday afternoon he decided to swim through his county by swimming through each persons pool He starts off as a
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