What is life like in Ireland for “Eveline” and the boy in “Araby”? Think about their class/social position. Think about how the people around them treat them. Think about their frustrations...

What is life like in Ireland for “Eveline” and the boy in “Araby”? Think about their class/social position. Think about how the people around them treat them. Think about their frustrations and their dreams and possible futures.

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In "Araby," an interesting cultural element is revealed. School students seem to have attended school on Saturday:

On Saturday morning I reminded my uncle that I wished to go to the bazaarI left the house in bad humour and walked slowly towards the school.

Additionally, schoolboys seem to be ignored in shopping districts, if the behavior of the sealesgirl at the bazar may be taken as a generalized illustration:

the young lady came over and asked me did I wish to buy anything. The tone of her voice was not encouraging; she seemed to have spoken to me out of a sense of duty.

This rather contrasts with today when the teenage dollar comprises a large and mighty demographic.

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Many relevant comments on this topic can be found by going to Google Books and searching for "Eveline and Araby."  By searching for the titles of the two stories side-by-side one is likely to find sources that compare and contrast the two works. Here is what I...

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