Araby Essay

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Chris Newsome
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English 101
8 December 2014
"Araby" Analysis
James Joyce's "Araby" is the story of a young boy from Dublin. Written in a first person point of view, the same young boy is also the narrator. While his name is never revealed other things about his life are brought to the reader's attention. He is raised on a dead end street named Richmond Street which is described as "blind" (Joyce 572) in the first sentence of the story. Richmond Street is also described as a "quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free" (Joyce 572). Living in a home with his aunt and uncle where a Catholic Priest once lived and died. The boy becomes intrigued by the old books and many other things left in the library by the priest. Soon though he becomes obsessed with his friend Mangan's sister. At first he admires her from a distance and one day while the other boys are playing she speaks to him. Astonished and at a complete loss for words when she finally speaks to him. She asks him if he plans on attending the local bazaar Araby. Desperate to impress her he promises to return with a gift for her from the bazaar. Things do not go as planned however, he spends most of the evening waiting for his Uncle to come home to give him the money he needs. Once his Uncle finally makes it home the bazaar is all but over. Determined to buy the girl a gift he decides to make the journey there anyway. When he arrives everyone is packing up and preparing to leave. He wanders to one booth admiring the items the vendor has for sale. Looking at the gifts he soon realizes that no matter how much money he spends or how nice of a gift he buys Mangan’s sister she has no interest in him. Having had an epiphany he realizes how foolish he has been. While reading James Joyce’s “Araby” the reader while notices two themes, desire and coming of age.…...

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