Araby, By James Joyce

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Araby
In the short novel, Araby by James joyce which was one of the most influential writers in the modernist era of the early 20th century. In Araby, Joyce highlights a young boy who describes the North Dublin Street where he lives in a house with his aunt and uncle. The narrator recalls when he and his friends used to run through the dark muddy lanes of the house to avoid his uncle or when Mangan’s sister came out on the doorstep to call her brother in to his tea. He is obsessed with the young girl: whose brown figure was defined by the light from the half-opened door.” Her dress swung as she moved he body, and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side”. He also talks about the previous owner of the house, a priest who died leaving in the back-drawing room some books that he sometimes took a glance at. For the narrator, every day starts when he observes her as she steps out the house and walks quietly behind her on their way to school until finally passing her when their ways diverged . The theme for Araby is disappointment and frustration.

On Saturday morning when the narrator accompanies his aunt marketing, he cannot stop thinking about the Young girl. He starts questioning if he will ever have the courage to speak with her mentioned as follows: “I did not know whether I would ever speak to her or not or, if I spoke to her, how I could tell her of my confused adoration” (Joyce 243). At last he ends up having the opportunity of talking to her and she asks…

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