Comparing The First 2 Chapters Essay

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"The Sisters" and "An Encounter" are stories written by James Joyce in a book called Dubliners. "The Sisters" is the first chapter of the book, follows by the second chapter, "An Encounter." In both chapters, the first person narrator is a boy. No where in this two chapters indicates directly that the boy narrating chapter one and two is the same boy, but there are enough evidences to convince us to believe so. These evidences are the similarities in the boy's character. This paper will discuss the comparison of the narrator's age, his smartness, his observant behavior, and his imagination in "The Sisters" and "An Encounter." In "The Sisters", we receive the hint about the age of the narrator when old Cotter talks about how he would not want his child to have to have too much to say to the priest. He said his idea is to "let a 'young lad' run about and play with young lads… (P.2)" The word 'young lad' here refers to the narrator. From this we know that the narrator must me a young boy, but still we don't know a specific age. In "An Encounter", we found that the narrator is attending a school. When the teacher was yelling at the narrator and his friends after finding that they have been reading something inappropriate, he refers to the students as "boys like you." An another similarity between the boy in chapter one and two is that he seems to have no parents. In both chapters, the mother and father of the narrator have never been mentioned. Only his aunt and uncle were spoken of. The narrator in chapter one and two has another similarity, which is the level of smartness. We can notice that the boy in both chapters is very smart. In "The Sisters," the boy is smart enough to notice when the old cotter tells him about the death of the priest that he is being observed. Therefore he does not look up from his plate. After being told the news, he does not believe it until he sees the card pinned on the crape himself. In "An Encounter", he plans out about his trip very carefully before hand. He finds the way for himself and his friends to be excuse from school so they will not be in trouble after. Mahony's big sister writes an excuse for him and Leo Dillon tells his brother to say that he was sick. At the beginning of the adventure the narrator hides his books in the long grass so nobody comes near therefore no one will find out that he skips school. The...

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