Our perception about the world change as we grow up and experience the reality of life. This is the necessary and universal experience that we all must undergo to face the world successfully. The protagonists in James Joyce’s “Araby” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls experience a common initiation of how different the world is, compared to how they would like to see. The reader is given a glance into the lives of two adolescents. The protagonists in both stories are of the growing age and their perceptions about the world change. These changes contradict with their past perceptions and leads life in a different direction. Both Joyce and Munro unfold series of bizarre life thrilling experience from the daily life of the protagonists to
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In “Araby” Joyce contrast purity and innocency of the young boy with the theme of deception in real world by discussing his uncle who is a drunk and untrustworthy man. Even though he reminds him early morning to go the bazaar his uncle is still come late. And the way his uncle comes home that night suggests he is drunk and that is usual thing for the protagonist. “I could interpret these signs.” (Joyce 348). The young girl in “Boys and Girls,” on the other hand, who also remains unnamed throughout the story, lives on the outskirts of town with her parents and one younger brother named Laird. She does not have any friends to play with except her younger brother. In “Boys and Girls” Munro uses more cheerful imagery of the brother, father, and mother, that suggests she is more happy and energetic by taking responsibility and doing the job her father asked her to do.
In comparing “Araby” and “Boys and Girls”, the reader notice the behavior and thoughts of the protagonists. They are both going through a period of adolescence. According to G. Stanley Hall, the pioneering American psychologist and educator, “Adolescence is a period of Storm and Stress.” Each protagonist comes to a realization in his or her own way. The young boy in “Araby” finds other admirable things in life, like Mangan’s sister. He continually thinks of Mangan’s sister, even though he rarely, if ever speaks with her. He stares at her from his window, follows her on