Analyze of the "Araby"

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Topic: Ink shed roughly 500 words on how the setting in “Araby” contributes to the theme of the story. How does the setting shape the development of the story? How does it affect the boy’s feelings, decisions, and actions? Would the boy remain the same if the story happened in a different season or at a different place? The theme of the story is the growth of the boy and the dissatisfaction when he found his belief was so weak in the darkness of the real world. The author uses many negative words to describe the place he lived. In “North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except hour when the Christian Brothers School set the boys free, An uninhabited house of two stores stood at the blind end.” (1) The word “blind end” implies there is no way out and there is no place for the boy to escape for his belief. Also, in the third paragraph, the word “somber” (10), “the dark muddy lanes behind the houses” (12-13), and “the dark dripping gardens”(14) show the image of the dirty place to the readers. He also shows his attitude at the beginning of the story, “I imagined that I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes.” (29) He trusts his belief and believes it will keep his soul far away from the dirt. The place “Araby” becomes his ideal world when it first spoke from Mangan, “The syllables of the word Araby were called to me through the silence in which my soul luxuriated and cast an Eastern enchantment over me” (49) He loves Araby just like the adore to his belief. However, after he got into the Araby, the reality was so different from his imagination. “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. I walked in to the centre of the bazaar timidly. ” (86). He finds Araby is

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