A movie’s success depends on how protagonists act. The same idea applies to a story; whether a story can attract people’s attention or not all depends on the character. People tell a story with a flat character makes readers easy to lose their attention. The same problem happens to me as well. A flat character is an uncomplicated character who does not have a substantial changes in the story. Compare to the flat character, a more complex character who have a dramatic changes in the story is called round character. Thus, I wanted to figure out how to make a round character by expressing him in a unique point of view.
The short story Araby, which tells a story of a young boy fell in love with a girl who he finally realized he cannot reach, written by James Joyce gives an excellent example on writing characters in a unique way. James Joyce uses a narrator point of view. How does a narrative point of view make character different? The life of James Joyce gives many insights about using of narrative technique, and the influence of the narrative techniques. In the story Araby, James Joyce uses the first person narrative perspective, and the advantage of first person narration including revealing the changing of the narrator’s mind, and giving implication to readers to make a complex personality of the character. Therefore, through these three points, people can create their ideal characters.
James Joyce was an influential Irish writer in the modernist Avant-grade of early 20th century. He was born in Dublin, a middle-class family. Joyce began to receive his education at Clongowes Wood College; however, after a couple years, his father cannot afford his education fees, so Joyce transferred to the Christian Brothers O’Connell School on North Richmond Street, in Dublin. Araby is one of the short stories from his short-story collection Dubliners which contains five short stories. According to “Turbaned faces going by”: James Joyce and Irish Orientalism, Lynne stated that In order to show more about Irish Orientalism in Joyce’s work, he took a festival of Dublin life which is travelling to bazaars in the city to Araby. Furthermore, according to the book review of Joyce’s Dubliners: Substance, Vision, and Art by Florence L. Walzl, the first three stories of Dublin are written about the stories of his childhood and are interpreted as “initiation tales” a young boy’s illusion has been broken by the evil and corruption of the reality (Par. 4-5). Therefore, from his life we can see that Araby is a story depicts experiences of his childhood as a perspective of a boy just on the edge of adolescence.
Araby tells a story of a young boy who was crushing on his friend, Megan’s sister. He tried so hard to implicate his love to her by following her, watching her from the window. One day, she finally spoke to him and asked him if he would go to the bazaar, Araby, or not because she has to attend the church-sponsored fair. Therefore, In order to satisfy this girl’s...