Araby Analysis

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In James Joyce's "Araby," the unnamed narrator is a young boy who lives with his aunt and uncle in a dark and untidy home. The boy is obsessed with his friend's sister and often follows her “brown-clad figure”, but he never has the courage to talk to her. He plans to bring her something from “Araby” the bazaar and hopes that by doing so he will impress her, however the unsuccessful way to the bazaar makes him disappointed with reality. Araby employs many themes; the two most apparent themes to the readers is firstly, to escape from darkness and secondly, a boy’s first love. The story both begins and ends with darkness. The first sentence tells the place that the narrator lived in is “an uninhabited house” and “at the blind end” street. The statement perhaps gives us the most insight into the narrator's thoughts is found at the end of the story. It contains “gazing”, “darkness”, “anguish” and “anger”. Additionally, Joyce uses vast amounts of words to express the “gloomy” and “somber” of narrator’s heart. The story might reflect the author’s own life as a boy when growing up in Dublin. Readers would sense the boy’s life is “blind”, lonely and isolated, however, the appearance of the “brown-clad figure” girl suggests that the boy is capable of seeing happiness. ”Her name was like a summons to my foolish blood,” is an example that the narrator feels ashamed and ridiculed by his earlier inability to communicate with the girl. “Araby” as the story’s name is not only the boy’s destination where he goes against all odds, but it is the place where the cold reality
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