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James Joyce makes us wonder why is there so much infatuation and frustration in adolescence. Infatuation is defined as a foolish or extravagant passion and frustration is a feeling of dissatisfaction resulting from unfulfilled needs. Can it be that being young and in love makes the adoloescent be considered as possesing maturity or immaturity? I believe it can be both. These universal realities are shown to the readers in two of his short stories “Araby” and “The boarding house”. We are able to see how the boy in “Araby” is young and portrays to be infatuated with an older girl. In “The boarding house” we have Polly who is also young and in my opinion, also shows infatuation towads Mr. Doran. Their Infatuation for the people they love leads to frustration. It develops in these two characters when trying to please the one's they care for. The people and setting that surround them also seem to drive fustration in their lives. Love in the young may be described as infatuation because in many cases they are first time crushes like the boy in “Araby”. He shows us that he has an especial affection for his friend's sister and we also are able to tell that there is an an age difference between them. Her being older is predictable on why it can be considered 'puppy love'. Most people develop a crush for an older person, it's a normal experience through our growth. I'ts a form of innocense that crosses youth from childhood. We can say that the young boy is maturing by experiencing this love but can be argued to be immature in the way he shows her affection for her. For example, he hides and watches her movements from afar when he and his friends played outside. Also, on the mornings when she walks to school he follows her and passes her without speaking to her. He lets us know that he always had her in his thoughts, “I thought little of the future....

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