Araby vs. Going to the Moon Essay

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"Araby" Vs. "Going to the Moon" By: Heba Haidar Humans have always been curious beings. Their curiosity has brought about new experiences, and new knowledge that helped in the process of their evolution. Human children grow up and learn about the world by utilizing their sense of curiosity to gain new experiences in life. This curiosity that is built into us at birth is what drives us to be drawn to the unkown. "Araby", by James Joyce and "Going to the moon", by Nino Ricci are both short stories that show that the Human curiosity is indeed what makes humans drawn to the unknown. Both stories are about young boys and both have a female impact on them, both boys are drawn to new places unknown to them and in the end, both come out with…show more content…
She was an unknown, an older female who has impact on him as a teacher. The little boys states, "I felt the small bright hope that my life could different…by the love that I felt for our teacher Miss Johnson" (p.212). As a poor Italian boy living in Canada, he felt that Miss Johnson, the older wiser female that he was attracted could make a difference for him, since she was an unknown he was trying to get closer to. Secondly, people are normally drawn to difference places that they wish to gain experiences or knowledge from. In both stories, the boys dream about going to particular places that they wouldn't normally go to. In "Araby" the little boy is drawn to a bazaar called Araby that he thought would be a great experience, because of the unknown factor. The boy imagined Araby as something grand, a completely new experience, "The syllables Araby were called to me through the silence in which my soul luxuriated and cast an Eastern enchantment over me" (p.289). This shows what the boy thought of the Bazaar, as an unknown thing to him. Similarly, in "Going to the Moon", the little boy had immigrated from Italy and lives in Canada. He believes Windsor to be a, "purgatory" (p.210) because across the river was a teasing image of Detroit in the USA, which to him seemed to be much better than his current residence. Detroit was an unknown place to the boy, which is why he was so drawn to it. The boy thought of Detroit as a "vague promise of

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