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Dubliners Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the…show more content…
The young woman minding the stall is engaged in a conversation with two young men. Though he is potentially a customer, she only grudgingly and briefly waits on him before returning to her frivolous conversation. His idealized vision of Araby is destroyed, along with his idealized vision of Mangan’s sister: and of love. With shame and anger rising within him, he exits the bazaar. Questions 1. What does the description of the setting in the beginning of the story suggest about the nature of the boy’s world? 2. What does Araby symbolise to the boy? 3. Whose is the point of view of the story? 4. What is the central conflict of the story? 5. What is the nature of the boy’s relationship with Mangan’s sister? 6. How is the conflict of the story resolved when the boy gets to Araby? 7. What, if anything, does he learn or gain at the end? Setting Ben Collins in ‘Araby’and the “Extended Simile” draws our attention to the fact that North Richmond Street where the boy lives is ‘blind’ – that is to say a dead-end street. The implication is that any quest undertaken from here will end in a dead-end. The colours brown and yellow predominate – these are used by Joyce as the colours of decay, and this idea is supported by the rusty bicycle pump in the garden. There is also a “central apple tree” bringing to mind the Garden of Eden, the Temptation and the Fall. By contrast the evocation
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