Comparing James Joyce's Araby And Countee Cullen Incident

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Upon first glance, the differences between James Joyce “Araby” and Countee Cullen “Incident” seem very clear. Joyce wrote a short story with a gloomy and depressing tone. The time and setting of short story “Araby” is in Dublin, Ireland during the 19th century. Cullen wrote a poem with a jaunty and lighthearted tone for the most part. Cullen “Incident” has a setting and time in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1920s. However, they both ironically wrote using the same point of view and theme, the loss of innocence. Who knew two very different authors from two different ways of life and writing styles could essentially write about the same topic.
Although the main character in the short story "Araby" and the speaker in the poem "Incident" both
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However, the narrator in the short story "Araby" is a tad older than the speaker in the poem "Incident". The narrator in the short story "Araby" is a young teenage boy. Despite the fact that this short story is written in first person, it seems to be the narrator at an older age looking back on a memory from his youth. The narrator reflects on his past by describing his environment, saying "The wild garden contained a central apple tree and a few straggling bushes under one which I found the late tenant’s rusty bicycle pump (Joyce, 107." This statement conveys the narrator is returning to his old address and finds an old bicycle pump from his previous tenant that is now deceased. Cheryl Hunter elaborates on the point of view in the short story "Araby" by saying, "The narrator is now an adult who tells a story from his childhood. The reader knows this point of view because the language in the story is not the language of a child. The point often needs to be best illustrated by an example such as, 'Her image accompanied [him] even in places most hostile to romance' (447). This is not the language of a young boy but of an adult (1)." The story allows the reader to develop a more personal connection with the narrator because it is being told from the point of view of the young …show more content…
The setting in the short story “Araby” is in Dublin, Ireland during the 19th century and is described by the narrator as “dark, dreary, and gloomy.” "Araby" takes place on a quiet North Dublin street, surrounded by numerous rustic buildings and a Christian Boy's School. Most of the story takes place in the narrator's house, as he recalls catching glimpses of Mangan's sister. He lives in a neighborhood he has obviously spent most of his life in, as he recalls catching glimpses of Mangan's sister. He lives in a neighborhood he has obviously spent most of his life in, as he recalls how he would run “through the dark muddy lanes behind the houses where we ran the gauntlet of the rough tribes from the cottages, to the back doors of the dark dripping gardens where odours arose from the ashpits, to the dark odorous stables where a coachman smoothed and combed the horse or shook music from the bucked harness (Joyce, 107).” The second portion of the story takes place at the Araby bazaar. The author uses dark and obscure references to make the boy's reality of living in the gloomy town of Araby more vivid. He uses dark and gloomy references to create the mood or atmosphere, then changes to bright light references when discussing Mangan's sister. The second portion of the story takes place at the Araby bazaar. The Araby bazaar

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