Essay on James Joyce's Araby

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James Joyce's "Araby"

Passion, adolescence, foolishness, and maturity are the first words that come to one’s mind to describe James Joyce’s short story, “Araby.” In it, he writes about a boy who falls deeply in love with his best friend’s sister, who through the story, doesn’t seem to notice him or care about him. The boy, who has yet to be named, lives in a poor and run-down town. During the story, certain characters contribute to the boy’s developing sense of maturity, and eventually, lead him into adulthood. Mangan’s sister, the boy’s uncle, the priest, and the girl at the bazaar all serve the purpose of molding the boy into a mature person.

Undoubtedly the main person who unknowingly helps the boy along the path of
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He exemplifies that he does not really care about what the boy wants when the boy tries to tell his uncle that he wants to go to the bazaar. All that the uncle does is get off of the topic and he begins to ask questions about “The Arab’s Farewell to His Steed.” The boy does not get angry though; he just walks away which shows he has developed maturity. By coming home late to take the boy to the bazaar, the uncle again shows how he does not care about what the boy wants to do. Again, the boy is not perceived to be angry at this point. He is only described as not smiling. By acting that way, the boy sounds as though he is learning to cope with the various stresses of becoming an adult. As the boy gets older, he will not want to be like his uncle, and therefore, he will have matured in that sense. Other than the boy’s uncle, who is essential in the development of the boy, there is yet another character that is also just as important.

The priest also makes an impression on the development of the boy. Now, the priest has already died in the back drawing room of the boy’s house, but some of his possessions remain, such as some books which the boy enjoys reading. The boy seems that he is trying to follow in the footsteps of the priest in that he enjoys reading the book that has yellow pages the best. The pages were probably colored yellow because the
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