Analysis Of James Joyce 's ' Araby '

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James Joyce portrays fanciful mental images from a young boy’s perspective, through his story of Araby. A young boy has a friend name Mangan that lives across the street in which he began to watch Mangan’s sister through the windows and he starts to develop feelings for her that lead him to go to the Araby Bazaar. These feelings start to give the young boy assumptions about Mangan’s sister from the way she makes him feel leading to having these idealized characteristics about her. The emotions make the young boy feel like life is not as bad as it usually seems as he feels distracted from all the dysfunction that surrounds his life. As a result, his fantasies create some sort of a refuge for his thoughts and feelings. The young boy is caught up in an illusion he created for himself thus separates his perspective of reality. The Araby bazaar is where the boy has an epiphany of realization because his expectations were not met. Therefore, he begins to question if the girl that he has ideals about, who stimulated motivation for him to go to the bazaar would come to par with his ideals about her. Mangan’s sister and the bazaar are symbols of the theme of fantasy driven by vanity that is represented by isolation, disappointment and love. The young boy creates a sense of isolation in his thoughts, due to the fact that he is engrossed in his desired perspectives. From watching a girl, he has already expressed that she does things to him out of his control: “I had never spoken to
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