Essay on James Joyce

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In short stories the narrator plays the most crucial role in the interaction between writer and reader. The choice of a narrator should help smoothly transfers the author's intentions. Joyce's story "Araby" is narrated in past tense and in first person by the protagonist. Joyce's decision to tell the story through this mouthpiece creates an avenue for Joyce to drive home his more complicated themes running through the story. The institution of religion is found throughout the entire plot as well as broader occult relations. Joyce uses a mature narrator with acquired wisdom to present the information. The narrator's language gives insight to the thematic mood Joyce wishes to create.

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The detachment from reality makes the reader be dependent on the narrator because he is operating outside of the ordinary realm and his translation of the events is all the reader has to understand. It is important that the reader trust and follow the narrator in order for Joyce to complete his project. The movement and atmosphere of the boy's romance is the critical focus Joyce maintains. The dynamic romance of the boy and its consequences are what Joyce is pointing to with the use of his narrator.

The romance is introduced in a boyish manor of adoration but then quickly accelerates. Immediately upon learning of the attraction to the girl next door the narrator begins to attribute occult qualities to the relationship. The boy believes his affair to be a scared pursuit. He protects his romance from a "throng of foes" in the market place fearing their unholy interactions would profane his sacred "chalice." Reports of strange things happening to the boy are given for example, "Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand. " His "eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at times a flood form my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom." The reports are all characteristic of religious and occult practices.

Joyce reemphasizes the religious nature of the boy's affair by leading his readers to the back room of the boy's house that is charged with

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