James Joyce 's Araby And Alice Munro 's ' Of Boys And Girls '

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James Joyce’s “Araby” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” are considered to be two of literatures greatest examples of coming of age stories. Both stories give insight on what life is like for a child growing up and transitioning into the life of a young adult. In Joyce’s “Araby” the main character is a young boy whose coming of age transformation was brought on by his infatuation with a close friend’s oldest sister. While in “Boys and Girls” our main character is a young girl trying her hardest not to be what the world expects her to be and in the end becomes what she never thought she would be, a woman. “Araby” and “Boys and Girls” show a young boy and girl’s journey through puberty. Both of these stories successfully capture the struggle and hardships that these children face as they “come of age”. In the story “Araby” the young boy first begins to experience the “change” when he sees his best friend Mangan’s older sister standing on the doorstep. The main character has seen this girl many times before this moment and yet on this day he acts as if he has never seen her before. He begins to really notice her and all of her features. For instance, he says, “Her dress swung as she moved her body and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side” (Joyce137). The young boy then begins to think and dream about this older girl and allows her to overtake him, mentally and physically. “When she came out on the doorstep my heart leaped” (Joyce137) and “Her image…

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