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Araby By James Joyce Essay

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In many stories of the modern era love is a driving theme or idea of a story. In ofter times the plot follow a similar path. At first there is a distance between the two loves. Then there must be a quest for the man to gain the feelings for the girl of his dreams and then the story ends with a happily ever after ending. In James Joyce's “Araby” it seems that the plot falls susceptible to the average love plot. It starts off with a boy, the narrator, that falls in love with his friends sister. He begins to have small talk with the girl and soon thinks that if he makes the trip to the Araby Bazaar and brings the girl something back that he will receive her love. However, the boy has an ...view middle of the document...

Clearly if he does not know the girls name he is not truly in love with her but he is blind with what he thinks is love. Joyce begins the second part of his plot by saying,“At last she spoke to me ...She asked me was I going to Araby.. it would be a splendid bazaar.” At this stage Joyce is setting up his story for the second half of the modern love plot line. He has already introduced the narrators love interest, but now he has created the quest for the narrator to go on so he can win over his true loves heart. When he gets there it dawns on him that the bazaar, which he thought would be so exotic and exciting, is really only a commercialized place to buy things. Furthermore, he now realizes that Mangan's sister is just a girl who will not care whether he fulfills his promise to buy her something there. He leaves Araby feeling ashamed and upset. This epiphany signals a change in the narrator from an innocent, idealistic boy to an adolescent dealing with the harsh realities of life. The narrator uses the boys disappointment to show that love is not what its all it's cracked up to be. In the beginning of the story the boy was so love struck that he would be willing to do anything for the young girl. But, by the end the boy realized that it wasn't love at all and has to face the fact that love is a cold misconstrued concept.
The same lesson about love is portrayed in Katherine Mansfield's, “A Dill Pickle.”Mansfield opens up her story by saying, “And then, after six years, she saw him.” This line sets the tone and mood for the rest of the short story. The reader can tell from this line that she has seen a man she had feelings for in the past and creates an scene of unknowing that makes the reader want to continue the story. Later in the story the mystery man asks if she remembered their first afternoon where, “I hear your voice saying … and I feel those tree words are all I recall of some forgotten, heavenly language.” This quote is the first real conformation that the two once shared an intimate relationship. During their diner date the man goes onto described how he had traveled to: Spain, Corsica, Siberia, Russia, and Egypt. The man say, “Have you forgotten how we used to talk of going there” to show that once she had left the man for whatever reason six years ago he thought that traveling all of those places would impress her enough to...

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