Essay about James Joyce's Araby

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               Araby      Even under the best of circumstances the transition from childhood into adulthood is a long and dreary journey that all young men must encounter in life. A road that involves many hardships and sacrifices along the way; and when that road is a lonely one, with only oneself to rely upon, the hardship intensifies to become destructive to those involved. This is particularly true in the story “Araby,” where James Joyce portrays the trials and tribulations of a young boy’s initiation into adulthood. Many of the boy’s problems lie in not being able to come to grips with the harsh reality that no matter how much he…show more content…
     Throughout the story, Joyce portrays many symbols to show the boys transition into becoming an adult. Joyce says, “I sat staring at the clock for some time and, when its ticking began to irritate me, I left the room.” The ticking of the clock symbolized the long and frustrating journey into adulthood; and we see from the fact that it irritated him, shows his desire to become an adult already. Later in the story, Joyce portrays an instance where the boy desires to be a man even though he is not; “From the front window I saw my companions playing below in the street.” It is as if he is an adult, towering over his friends, looking down upon them when in reality they are the same age as he is.      After receiving money and permission from his uncle to go to the bazaar, we see another symbol used to show his lonely road into maturity. Joyce says, “I took my seat in a third class carriage of a deserted train. After an intolerable delay the train moved out of the station slowly.” The train is the symbol used here to show the long journey that is taking place in his life. The fact that it was deserted and that the train moved slowly shows that the transition into adulthood is a very slow moving time in a boy’s life, which can be very lonely at times; “I remained alone in the bare carriage.”      Joyce is not portraying how adolescents can act
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