Araby And A Worn Path Analysis

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The Quests in “Araby” and “A Worn Path”
In the two short stories “Araby,” by James Joyce, published in 1914, and “A Worn Path,” by Eudora Welty, published in 1973, both stories view life as a journey. Both protagonists, Phoenix Jackson, the main character in “A Worn Path,” and the Narrator in “Araby” embark on an errand out of love. In “Araby,” the Narrator develops an infatuation for Mangan’s sister, who for the longest period does not notice him. He laments, “I had never spoken to her, except for a few casual words, and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood” (Joyce 200). He volunteers to pick up something for her at the bazaar, Araby; but, he does not arrive until it has closed. Seeing the empty bazaar allows the Narrator
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Morse reviews in his essay on “Araby,” “For the youngster with no worldly experience this is indeed hell, for the loss of his “rainbow vision” deprives him of light, grace and hope” (284). Once he arrives at the closed, empty bazaar, all of the Narrator’s pretensions fall away with a stark realization that the bazaar, and his love for Mangan’s sister, is not what he supposes. The Narrator experiences sincere loss, and does not have the life experiences to realize that some things just are not as wonderful as you might expect them to be. On the other hand, Phoenix has grit and determination to pull her through all the setbacks she endures on her trip. There are several instances where she shows just how resolute she is, but when the hunter points his gun at her, she realizes that he is being a bully and would not actually shoot her. Welty describes her as “The deep lines in her face went into a fierce and different radiation” (459). In addition, she has made this trip a number of times. With that said, she is also older and someone less sure-footed than the time before. Heller summarizes with “because he has a gun he can point at her, the reader sees the truer courage of her heart – a not merely in her lack of fear of the gun but in her whole journey as well” (2714). Phoenix Jackson was not allowing anything to prevent her from completing her

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