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Life’s Biggest Disappointment (A Critique Of The End Of Araby)

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Throughout the lives we all live; there will be our highs and our lows. Depending on the way you look at life, there may be more highs than lows or lows than highs. One thing is for certain, during our lives there defiantly will be disappointments. Some of these disappointments will be small, while others will be large, life changing, disappointments. The person you are today decides how you will be able to take these disappointments. Disappointments aren’t always a bad thing; sometimes they can be life changing, life learning incidents that change our lives in the future. This is how the author James Joyce wrote the short story, “Araby”. He took a normal event or incident and broke that ...view middle of the document...

In this epiphany, this boy realizes that for the rest of his life, he will live a poor life, filled with disappointment. Without the money to even buy a vase or some sort of pottery from the bazaar, the boy’s second realization is that he will be living, for the rest of his life, a poor life filled with hardships. Even just trying to get to the bazaar was a hardship in itself, with his uncle forgetting that he wanted to travel to the bazaar and then his uncle showing up late giving the young boy a small window to actually go there and shop. This boy was still on the train to the bazaar, “ten minutes to ten” (Joyce, Araby, page 1240) this would only mean, being at such a late hour, that his chances of little stands and shops to be open. Some could say that this is where he first begins to feel his disappointment and have his realization that of this epiphany that he is experiencing. This is where he may have realized that his future life will be filled with hardships from his hard life in poverty.
The final epiphany the child experiences is a learning lesson of the ability to control his anger and anguish. The final lines of the story state, “Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.” (Joyce, Araby, page 1241, final lines) With this meaning, with his eyes burning, it appears that he is crying, or about to begin crying, however, in the first realization of the first two epiphanies, it may appear as if he is holding back...

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