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Short Stories From Echoes Essay

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The "Other"The two stories, "Araby" and "Going to The Moon", seem to have a common theme, fascination and fear of things different. From the opposite sex to distant places, these fascinations exist within all people. "Araby" is the story of a young boy's journey to a mystical bazaar known as Araby. "Going to The Moon" is the story of a young boy who feels "isolated and like an interloper in his world" and a dream of other worlds to be free of ridicule. The two characters mentioned above are prime examples of allure of the "other". In the upcoming paragraphs, will explain how each of these young boys is drawn to the "other".First, in "Araby" there are two things that the boy is drawn to; the ...view middle of the document...

The first thing that draws the young boy and his family is America. Like numerous others world wide, the mystical aura of the U.S.A spreads far and wide. This story is good proof of that, America, to this young boy, represents freedom and prosperity. The first sentence in this story suggests that. "Windsor seemed a kind of purgatory to me, a temporary stop between whatever hell my parents had left behind in Italy and the vague promise of the skyline that opened up beyond the Detroit River. In winter that skyline's tall buildings stood unnaturally still and crisp in the cold air, on the verge, it seemed, of singing; in summer they shimmered and burned in the heat and smog." From the get go, he described Windsor to be purgatory, "place or condition of suffering, expiation, or remorse", towards him. And he continues to describe America, like a place of sanctity and peace. To this young boy, America is a utopia, but many people would beg to differ. The riots and all the chaos quickly changed the boy's perspective of the once "glamorous" country.The second thing that this young boy is drawn to is his grade one teacher, Miss. Johnson. He is drawn to her in a puppy love attraction, which some young people may experience. He pictured her as a bridge to a "bright small hope" for his family and him. She treated him like she treated all her other students as if "nothing was strange or remarkable about him". He was drawn to Miss. Johnson because that compassion was something different. It was unlike how everyone else treated him.These two stories are related to each other through this theme. They have characters that are drawn to things, out of the ordinary. The four ideas mentioned in the previous paragraphs are all related to...

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