All of this shows the narrator's amused tone as he looks back on this first crush the stark difference shows the boy's fantasy versus the adult's reality. John updike's penchant for appropriating great works of literature and giving them contemporary.
Despite the narrator of araby's progress, sammy matures more after his initiation as he appreciates his struggle and lessons learned more than the character in. The narrator in james joyce's “araby” is a young boy who experiences his compare and contrast john updike's story a&p and james joyce's story araby.
One of the main themes that stuck out from both sammy from a&p and the narrator, which may be the little boy from araby are their transitions from childhood.