Compare and Contrast: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and James Joyce’s Araby
James Joyce’s Dubliners is a collection of short stories developed chronologically from his youth to adulthood. Joyce attempts to tell a coming of age story through Dubliners. In particular, Araby is about a young boy who is separated from his youth by realizing the falsity of love. James Joyce’s Araby is a tale of a boy in Dublin, Ireland that is overly infatuated with his friend’s older sister and because of his love, travels to the bazaar, Araby, where he finally becomes aware of his childish actions. In this story Joyce emphasizes the main character’s reactions and feelings rather than the overall plot. When the boy’s quest for the ideal ends in failure, he moves closer to his adulthood. The boy’s experience or maturity is increased during his quest to find the perfect gift for the perfect girl. During his journey to the bazaar his loneliness and his desire for love is emphasized. In this coming to age story the boy transcends from his youth to adulthood. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is also a coming of age story, where perspectives of innocence and experience are blended. Charlotte Bronte does a good job with reflecting the characters personality through her writing. Jane Eyre is written in first person in the point of view of Jane. Jane Eyre is the story of young orphaned girl who lives with her aunt and cousins, the Reeds. Jane is at a disadvantage with her lack of money, family issues and her social position. Even though Jane suffers many hard- ships she still seems to find love at the end of the novel. Love is a major part of the plot, which helps show how Jane Eyre develops as a woman throughout the novel. There is a passionate love between Jane and Rochester. This is seen as she admonishes herself for imagining a future with Rochester and her immediate reactions to aid him. Both Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and James Joyce’s Araby define the passage from innocence to...
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