Analysis Of James Joyce 's Araby

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“Illusion is an anodyne, bred by the gap between wish and reality” said by Herman Wouk. Many times in life, people set unrealistic expectations for themselves or for other people. This is not a very wise thing to do because people often feel disappointed and embarrassed for getting their hopes up so high. In James Joyce’s short story “Araby” he uses the voice of a young boy as a narrator and describes his childhood growing up in Dublin. Joyce concentrates on description of character’s feeling rather than on plot to reveal the ironies inherent in self-deception. The story focuses on the disappointment, and enlightenment of the young boy and the gap between ideality and reality which I believe it is a retrospective of Joyce’s look back at life.
On the simplest level, “Araby” is a story about a young boy’s first love and his quest for the ideal. He has a crush on his friend’s sister and his quest to fulfill a promise he made to her. The promise that is made is that he will bring her a present from Araby, a bazaar. He is granted permission from his uncle; however his uncle comes home late on the day of the bazaar making it hard for the boy to get to Araby before it close. When he finally arrives he discovers it is too late to buy anything. Thus, the quest ends in failure. On the deeper level, the failure results in an inner awareness and a first step into adult world. The protagonist faces up the harsh reality for which his precious experience has not prepared for him. The…

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