Essay on Araby(loss Of Innocence)

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Loss Of Innocence

In James Joyce’s Araby the boys loss of innocence may be confusing and even painful but at the same time it is important . It begins his journey into adulthood . The boy in Araby is experiencing something all young men experience , the first crush . It is a time in his life where he is having new feelings, and trying to express those feelings to the object of his affection is next to impossible . Even the simple act of watching Mangan’s sister brings up emotions in the boy . To say the least the boy is overcome when Mangan’s sister actually speaks to him . He is in fact so overcome that he doesn’t even know how heanswered the girl . To think a girl he has secretly watched every day and shyly followed from a distance
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The boy now waits even longer so that his Uncle can finish some of his diner and get in a better mood . Finally after the boys mother tells the boys uncle to give him the money he is on his way . The boy goes to the local train station and boards a special train that goes to and from Araby . When the boy arrived it was ten minutes to ten . Knowing the bazaar closed at ten he went through the shilling entrance instead of the six penny entrance and into the center of the hall . After a few moments the boy went to a booth that was selling porcelain vases and tea sets . While there the boy noticed the female attendant was speaking with two young men and remarked that they had English accents . The boy vaguely listened to their conversation . It is obvious in the book that these two men are flirting with the girl . It is at this point that the boy realizes exactly what they are doing . He then realizes that this is what he was doing with Mangan’s sister and how trivial it was . This is where he goes through his epiphany . The boy realizes that what he said to Mangan’s sister had no more meaning than what these men and woman were talking about . The boy is flooded with anguish and anger . He was acting in a way he never thought he would . As Joyce puts it “Derided by Vanity” . It is through vanity that the boy loses a little of his innocence. The loss of innocence is something we all go through . It is the gateway to understanding and life

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