A & P And James Joyce 's Araby Essays

1007 Words Nov 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Despite living in different time periods, John Updike 's "A&P" and James Joyce 's "Araby" share similar literary devices within the stories. Visual imagery and point of view are shared between both texts to describes characters mentally and psychically. While point of view is used to characterize the boy in each story, visual imagery is employed to describe the main girl. In Araby, these devices are used to exhibit the girl 's physical appearance and the boy 's mentality. Visual imagery and point of view are used in Araby to describe Mangan 's sister and the boy. Being the narrarator, the young boy describes Mangan 's sister extensively, despite their lack of interaction. Upon one encounter, however, the narrarator details her appearance as the author writes, "The light from the lamp opposite our door caught the white curve of her neck, lit up her hair that rested there and, falling, lit up the hand upon the railing." (Joyce 88). Joyce employs imagery by having a word choice that allows visualization of what is being described. When Mangan 's sister is described, imagery is used by describing the path of light being reflected by her body. Rather than using imagery to describe the narrator, however, Joyce makes use of the point of view to do this. By utilizing a first person point of view, the author characterizes the boy as he writes, “Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.” (Joyce…

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