Analysis Of James Joyce 's ' Araby '

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Marshall DeCosta
Professor Matta
16 October 2014
Araby – James Joyce – Critical Analysis - Revision
The visual and emblematic details established throughout the story are highly concentrated, with Araby culminating, largely, in the epiphany of the young unnamed narrator. To Joyce, an epiphany occurs at the instant when the spirit and essence of a character is revealed, when all the forces that endure and influence his life converge, and when we can, in that moment, comprehend and appreciate him. As follows, Araby is a story of an epiphany that is centered on a principal deception or failure, a fundamental imperfection that results in an ultimate realization of life, spirit, and disillusionment. The significance is exposed in the boy’s intellectual and emotional journey from first love to first dejection, with the discrepancy in life between the real and the ideal facilitating his inexorable misery and understanding. The story opens with a description of North Richmond Street, a “silent” and “blind” street whose inhabitants are smugly complacent. The featureless exterior of the houses reflect the same gratuitously self-satisfied attitudes of these occupants (Joyce). It is a street of fixed, decaying conformity and false devotion. A priest, the former tenant of the boy’s home, died in the back room of the house, leaving behind only old yellowed books and a bicycle pump rusting in the backyard. The deteriorating conditions of both the books and the pump serve as
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