Araby and Clay – Andrew Bax

In reflection, Araby and Clay have several themes and characteristics that they share with one another. The first thing that stuck out to me was how in-depth and descriptive the diction was in both stories, but notably in Araby. For a short story, the language was very expansive and detailed, which is what helps these works tell a more vivid story. Both pieces, but I personally think more Araby, seems a more sophisticated type of writing, seeming to cater to the well-read.

The other, more striking resemblance between the two is the seemingly autonomous reality that the main characters live in, albeit for different reasons. In Clay, Maria generally abides by the will of the people she surrounds herself with. In Araby, the main character has fallen for a girl and wants to see her frequently, which decides his path for him.


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