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Lesson in Adolescence My Antonia and Araby two different stories that have many compelling ties Araby and My Antonia are connected in that they both deal with relationships and a persons desires Although they both have strong characters that reveal many human attributes they both have their differences In the following James Joyces character in Araby and Jim Burden in Will Cathers My Antonia will be examined To begin the young boy in Araby was on a quest for the ideal love The quest ends in failure but results in an inner awareness and a first step into manhood The story consists of a grown mans remembered experience for a man who looks back to a particular moment of intense meaning and insight tells the story in retrospect As such the boys experience is not restricted to youths encounter with first love Rather it is a description of a continuing problem all through life the incompatibility of his ideal love with the bleakness of reality This boy who first experiences and the man who has not forgotten provides for the rendering of a story of first love told by a narrator who with his wider adult vision can reveal the storys meaning Every morning before school the boy lies on the floor in the front parlor peeking out through a crack in the blind of the door watching and waiting for the girl next door to emerge from her house and walk to school He is shy and still boyish He follows her walks silently past not daring to speak overcome with a confused sense of desire and adoration In his mind she is both an angel to be worshipped and a woman to be desired His eyes are often full of tears 5 We begin to see that the story is not so much a story of love as it is a rendition of the world in which the boy lives The second
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