James Joyce - Araby Essay

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Essay Introduction to Literature An initiation in James Joyce’s story “Araby” 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. One good example of this is the narrator in the short story “Araby” by James Joyce. In his brief but complex story James Joyce concentrates on character rather than on plot to reveal the ironies within self-deception. On its simplest level, "Araby" is a story about a boy's first love. On a deeper level, it is a story about the world he lives in that is full of ideals and dreams. "Araby" is a story of initiation, of a boy's quest for…show more content…
The second thing that has an impact on protagonist’s life view is the culture and life in Dublin. But on the rest of the people from this city. Children have to go to Christian school, where the discipline is strict. That can be inferred from the very first sentence of the story:” North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free.” Another thing that can be noticed about the boy’s religious belonging is in the way he acts: “All my senses seemed to desire to veil themselves and, feeling that I was about to slip from them, I pressed the palms of my hands together until they trembled, murmuring: 'O love! O love!' many times.”(p. 434) This sentence can be interpreted as though he does the thing he is used to do every time he happens to be in difficult situation. These facts play a huge role in the forming of this boy's character and his life. Overvalue of boy’s attitude towards life in "Araby" is supported by the circumstances the boy had to face up with that are used as imagery of light and darkness. Darkness is used throughout the story as the prevailing theme. The boy is young and naive and he leads a dull and boring life. Joyce uses dark and obscure references to make the boy's reality of living in the gloomy town more vivid. Darkness, in addition to despair, represents the reality and truth in the narrator's circumstances. The author uses dark references to create the mood or atmosphere
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