In the stories “A&P” and “Araby”, two young men both experience an eye opening change in their life. Sammy goes through the experience of standing up for something, and the boy in “Araby” goes through the experience of love and impatience. After I read these two stories, I feel as if it took some humbling and persistence on both of the boy’s parts to take a stand or go any length for whatever measure for the females that were a part of these stories. Some instances are the same; as well others are not between the two.
In Sammy’s situation, I feel as though he felt that the three girls were being disrespected by Lengel when Lengel said, “Girls, this isn’t the beach. (Updike 21)” I believe that Sammy felt that Lengel was out of line, and because of that he no longer wanted to be a part or associated with the store any longer. Sammy’s intentions were obviously to try and impress the females by making it out like he was standing up for them, but in actuality I think he was okay overall with the ladies not hearing him quit his job. I support this because it says,
“The girls, and who’d blame them, are in a hurry to get out, so I say ‘I quit’ to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they’ll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero. They keep right on going, into the electric eye; the door flies open and they flicker across the lot to their car, Queenie and Plaid and Big Tall Goony-Goony (Not that as raw material she was so bad), leaving me with Lengel and a king in his eyebrow. (Updike 22)”
I think Sammy jumped the gun because he thought it would impress the ladies, but even though it didn’t, he still was after those girls and when he realized that they weren’t around I think he was disappointed and realized that he shouldn’t have been so quick to quit his job as he says, “I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter. (Updike 23)” I think overall, Sammy learned that it’s okay to stand up for someone or something if you don’t think or believe of what’s being said or done is wrong, but to also not get ahead of yourself in doing so because you might not get the reaction you were looking for.
In the short story “Araby”, the boy was so shy when it came to Mangan’s sister that he didn’t insist or keep on pursuing his uncle about going to Araby. In doing so he wasn’t able to get her anything from the bazaar. When he asked is aunt if he could go to the bazaar, and didn’t get a straight yes or no answer, I think he already had it set in his mind that he wasn’t going to be allowed to go. I say this because in the story it says, “On Saturday morning I reminded my uncle that I wished to go to the bazaar in the...