Elissa Scott #CO2428176
Professor Abraham Tarango
September 8, 2014
ARABY AND WILD BERRY BLUE
Araby and Wild Berry Blue are similar short stories yet evolve in various ways. Both narrations involve main characters agonizing with young angst over the admiration of perceived love. The two narrators see themselves as two individual adolescents pining for mysterious and alluring representations of beauty, who they feel will set them free from their suffering. This infatuation distracts them from the drudgery of daily, boring lives and it becomes all-consuming. From the narrator's perspective, the two kids ache and yearn for an ideal. Araby's protagonist feels insignificant, as he is ignored in his requests to his uncle and treated as unimportant from his aunt. A hopeless desire arises in him as he glorifies his friend's sister and it becomes his sole focus in life. His education suffers with a disinterest in class as he “...chafed against school”, and his Master hoped “...he was not beginning to idle”, as his attention span drifted from the pages he “...strove to read”. Meanwhile, the boy was daydreaming and scheming with “...wandering thoughts...”, of how he can spy on his crush or at least be near her, while following her or intentionally crossing paths with his dream love. He was cockeyed with enchantment as her “...name was like a summons to all my foolish blood” and ”even in places most hostile to romance”, he was impervious to the outside world as he felt his passions soar. He wished to “...annihilate the tedious intervening days.”, before he could go the the fair, with “...innumerable follies”, which kept him sleepless as his mind spun with thoughts of the neighbour's sister. He was tortured. Yet he was only torturing himself with his desires and thoughts, taking him out of the
present moment and into the future, where he would be presenting the glorious gift from the fair to his beloved, and she would notice him. Finally! However, his impatience and irritation grew with each passing day, languishing with anguish. Wild Blue Berry Narrator has a another angle, portraying a young' girl's crush. This protagonist likes the bad boy beauty and wanting to be bigger than she is, as standing on a stool was referenced twice in the story. Although the title in itself relates to the childishness of her going up to the counter drooling with a blue tongue from her berry blue pseudo-lifesavers. She stares at him dully (also mentioned twice) at her puppy love, meanwhile her emotions were broiling inside of her. Especially when he says: “Hi little sexy.” Which in itself is a disturbing red flag something is not quite right with this dude, speaking to an eight year old as such, inciting her devotion. In her universe, the little girl is completely in the present moment as everything feels magnified and intense and she can't seem to think of anything else except the swirling of emotions for her idol. Touching the cool metal shelves summons her back into the real world after the rush of emotions at the super market and feeling the ridges of the creamers in her hand brought her grounding. She spun from between embarrassment to desire with intense feelings of Roy being a “Monster” with the power he has over her. She doesn't recognize it is not his power over her, but her own reaction to his existence and even the potential of his presence. Roy is her whole world as she bears to “Commit to enduring the burden of the universe alone.” She resolves to suffer this “...monstrous shade of love.” In addition to feeling inadequate, she glamorizes working at McDonalds, with her beloved. She takes for granted how fortunate her normal life is as she references suffering through school superfluously. Being so innocent to the darkness of drug addiction, she rhapsodizes the term O.D.-ing as a velvet rope one slips under to escape its other half of self. When comparing how the...
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