The Stages of Maturation in James Joyce’s Araby & John Updike's A&P from the Author's Perspective

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James Joyce and John Updike follow similar views with the latter using Joyce as a foundation and following in similar footsteps; both authors follow a process of maturation based on the allure of love, while doing it at different stages of each of the protagonists’ lives resulting in similar views with different stages. First, both authors use the characters telling their own story in first person narration to express the protagonist’s inner thoughts and level of maturity. Second, again both Joyce and Updike use several literary metaphor’s to express the sexual and provocative intention of the main characters. Lastly, Joyce and Updike use different age, maturity and settings in their stories to define their rate of maturation and the results of the story.
To begin, the first person narrative used in James Joyce’s “Araby” allows for Joyce to develop a younger character whose feelings, thoughts and maturity level is open to the understanding and criticism of the audience. The expansive level of personal description by Joyce’s narrator also indicates that the Joyce is trying to both develop the story itself but also the protagonist in terms of maturity level, general intelligence and knowledge. One of the main similarities between the two stories is the fact that…
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