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The narrators of both Araby and AP are young boys who endure a disenchanting moment in which their ideals become distorted There are similarities between the boys experiences and there are differences There are universal features of growing up that these two boys experience just as all of us do The fear involved may be overcome but it will never go away Growing up is a process that we cannot avoid it is one that we are all familiar with Both boys in Araby and AP undergo an experience that changes their point of view of the world around them In both their cases the entity that produces the boys epiphany is a woman This is understood as both boys are young teenagers who are on the brink of discovering intense emotional feelings for a woman for the first time They are at a point in their lives where they are noticing and fantasizing about women In fact in Araby the boys entire involvement with the girl is manifested from and revolved around solely his imagination and his fantasizing Similarly Sammy in AP never speaks one word to his love interest who he refers to as Queenie Nonetheless both boys are experiencing strong sexual desires at this point in their lives Both boys encounter a personal discovery in the conclusion of the story The reader is left with the impression that the boys lives have just changed and that from here on they will live life with a different set of eyes ears and stomachs In the end of Araby the boys eyes burned with anguish and anger as he has come to some understanding and has gained insight In the end of AP Sammy says my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter Both boys feel a sense of shifting values and an altering of their presence in the world Who they
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