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Analysis Of Araby

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The story of "Araby" by James Joyce may only seem as simple as a young boy's first love. However, it’s far more complex than it actually appears. Not only does the boy act as the narrator, but also play as the protagonist of the story. The central theme of this story focuses on the persistent struggle between ideals and reality. The narrator seemed to have made countless efforts to escape reality and alter his life. He then notices the slight differences between how the world is and the way he perceived it to be. Joyce reinforces the theme by using imagery of light and darkness that stumbles upon the narrator.
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Every morning he would lay there, hiding in the shadow and staring at her door without even blinking for a moment in order to capture a glimpse. Watching as she leaves the house, he rushes out and follows in the same footsteps right behind her. Even if he doesn't actually see her, the young and naive boy was constantly thinking about Mangan's sister causing him to lose focus on all other things. "Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises", until his eyes would tear and having the sense of confusion. Throughout the story he sometimes wonders if it was possible to talk with her.
One evening, she had finally spoken to the boy as he stood there completely dazed and immobilized. She asked him if he was going to the Araby that was coming to town, it was a stunning and breathtaking moment causing him to mumble "Oh love! Oh love". This astonishing turn of events had been something he's dreamed of, being overwhelmed by her presence. Shocking as it was, he forgets to answer her simple question. Mangan's sister mentioned how she would love to attend, but couldn't go so he made a promise of bringing back a gift from the bazaar. The young boy had no way of expressing his feeling towards her, so he intends to do so in the form of a gift. Until he is able to retrieve that symbolic figure of love from the bazaar, his life has come to a halt. Excited as he was, showing a sense of impatience through the quote, "I wished to annihilate the tedious and intervening days". The narrator would constantly remind his uncle that he was going to the bazaar on Saturday, informing him to arrive home earlier. His uncle had promised that he would arrive home on time during the day of the bazaar, so that he could provide the money needed for the young boy. The event that he was looking forward to had only disappointed him.

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