(An analysis of the Araby’s Character)
“Araby” by James Joyce, is a fantastic story that shares the sad story of a young boy, who is faced with heart crushing impediments, which eventually stop him right in his tracks. The story starts out with a young boy, who develops a dying love to a girl across the street from his household. This girl is Mangan’s sister, who a brief description is given. One evening his love asks him if he will be attending the local Bazaar, which is a fair like celebration to raise money for a cause, this party is called Araby, and this is where the title of this story comes from. The girl states that she will be gone during this celebration, and seeing his chance to impress her, this small boy states that he will get her a present from the Araby. He then goes and asks for permission to be able to attend, which he is granted. When the night comes along when he needs to start to leave, his uncle isn’t home and he returns late. This tardiness is inference that he was having a drink at the pub after work, after much aguish waiting, the boy gets some money to run to the Araby. But because of his uncle being late, he arrives too late. The event was shutting down for the evening. Then the terrible story then comes to an end when the Child realizes that he did not have enough money to buy something for his new love anyway, it ends with the boy crying alone in the street with complete hopelessness. Throughout this story, this little boy is crushed by sadness and misfortune, where there are many examples from, but there is a light in the darkness with lessons that he has learned.
In the passage, the very first crushing defeat that the little boy faced during his journey, was that of being too late for the celebration. ”I found myself in a big hall girdled at half its height by a gallery. Nearly all the stalls were closed and the greater part of the hall was in darkness. I recognized a silence like that which pervades a church after a service.” (Page 1240) with his tardiness, he is crushed because he will not be able to buy his newfound friend a present like he was trying to. This present was supposed to surprise this girl and get her to like him, and see him just as he sees her. But after his plan falls through he is completely and utterly destroyed, until another chance comes...