The Quests Of Araby And A Worn Path Essay

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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 to comprehend how tawdry it really is, and this realization is a comparison to his infatuation with Mangan’s sister. Conversely, the errand in “A Worn Path” is embarked upon by Phoenix Jackson, a grandmother who is at a very advanced age, through woods toward Natchez, where she must retrieve medicine for her grandson who accidentally drank lye a few years earlier, and the medicine relieves the swelling of his throat. Phoenix encounters many obstacles, not the least of which is forgetting why she made the long trip. She does procure the medicine, along with some goodwill being extended toward her.
Both protagonists have a quest for someone they love that begins with hope and optimism. In “Araby”, the Narrator confesses his adoration of…

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