Two Short Stories Of Awareness


Beyond Oneself:"Araby" And "A Sunrise On The Veld""Araby" by James Joyce and "A Sunrise On The Veld" by Doris Lessing are both short stories in which theprotagonists gained a consciousness that was beyond themselves. The main characters are both initiatedinto new realities and truths of which they were not previously aware. Both short stories will beexamined with reflections according to the type of initiation that was experienced, the nature of thenarrators, the similar and dissimilar aspects of both characters and various components of the short stories. In the two stories, both characters were experiencing an initiation or awareness of newactualities that were outside of themselves. ...

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experience.In Araby, the reader learns of the boy’s initiation in the final sentence: "Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; andmy eyes burned with anguish and anger."1 The character had a negative reaction to his new awareness. His realization caused him to have feelingsof shame, anguish and anger. He was possessed and controlled by his passion for Mangan’s older sister.His ideals of the girl were not realistic but were futile and vain. The girl drew out feelings in himand he discovered that feelings must be reciprocated and the downside that love can also be painful. Hehad a difficult time accepting his own weakness. He was in distress because he had stopped for a momentand gazed up into the darkness and realized that his previous feelings were wonderful but the onlyreality existed in his feelings. It had no existence beyond how he felt and the understanding of thiswas painful for the character. The protagonist of A ...

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in Araby felt emotional about a human being and the boy in A Sunrise On The Veld felt a lovefor nature. Both characters experienced an impatience and eagerness towards their obsessions. The boy inAraby could not wait to visit the bazaar as the boy in A Sunrise On The Veld was eager to wake up and gointo the vast fields of nature. One character was overcome by the morning, the nature and wasexhilarated to be a part of it all. Similarly, the boy in Araby had the !same feeling, however he was falling in love with a girl. One had a connection with nature and the other felt a connection with a person. They felt a oneness with the object of their love. They tried to breakdown the boundaries of ...

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