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How do Joyce's stories "Araby" and "Eveline" compare and contrast to each other? "Araby" and "Eveline" byJames Joyce

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James Joyce writes of the tragic Irish of Dublin in his anthology of stories, "The Dubliners."  For one thing, there is often a delusion that occurs with these characters as they attempt to alter circumstances in their lives.  For instance, in "Araby" the boy perceives Megan's sister as a perfection, much like the maiden for whom the knight strives.  The boy watches across the street and worships from afar this girl who, in his mind, is a paragon.  He envisions himself at the market as he carries her parcels,

I bore the chalice safely through a throng of foes.  Her name sprang to m lips at moments in strange prayer and praises which I myself did not understand.

Likewise, Eveline has a romanticized attitude about the sailor who has come from foreign lands.  He is there, much like the boy's imagined knight, to rescue her.  She dreams of leaving her abusive father and immigrating to another land.  Like the colored print of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the French nun who had a series...

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