Comparing Araby and Genesis Essay

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Parallels between Araby and Genesis

In the Bible, the story of creation occurs in the garden of Eden. The book of Genesis tells the tale of Adam and Eve, whom God allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except for that of the central tree of knowledge. Unfortunately, with the serpent’s deceitful encouragement, Eve enticed Adam to eat from that banned tree. The fruit opened Adam’s eyes to the reality that he was naked (Gen. 3:7-20). Interestingly, the second paragraph of “Araby” alludes to the Genesis account of Eden. “The wild garden behind the house contained a central apple tree and a few straggling bushes.” Aside from commenting on the “eroded” isle of Ireland, Joyce uses this allusion to arrange the entire
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Later the narrator tells of how he follows her to school and how he thinks about her constantly, much like an adolescent in “love” would do. This feeling is not foreign to any reader; during the youth of our lives, we too have desired someone at a point beyond normality.

Adam, the narrator, is obviously infatuated with Mangan’s sister. Similar to what an adolescent would do, the narrator “trusts” his love and will do anything for her. Such is the case when discussing Araby, a bazaar. As she cannot attend due to a prior engagement, the narrator agrees to “get her something” if he goes. Thus, the narrator offers to do something beyond what he would normally do. Since the first mention of Araby is the narrator's conversation with Mangan’s sister, the bazaar apparently is neither a normal nor an extraordinarily popular event. Coupled with the aunt’s surprise at the narrator’s desire to visit the bazaar, a reader receives the feeling that the narrator would not have otherwise gone to Araby.

Eve has shown Adam the fruit, and Adam is weighing its opportunities. Without desire for schoolwork and little more for play, the narrator “had hardly any patience with the serious work of life, which…seemed to [him] child’s play, ugly monotonous child’s play.” Clearly, the narrator is enthralled by Araby. The Eastern connotation to the word offers
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