Perspective On Reality In James Joyce's 'Araby'

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A person who feels they need to accomplish something needs to have the tenacity to complete it. They would feel satisfied once they do, and discontented otherwise. For an external source to destroy significant progress, anger will be conveyed. In some cases, it can change a person’s perspective on reality. As they continue to age, their outlook would mature to accept reality as it is. James Joyce’s short story, “Araby,” centers on an unnamed boy who is on a romantic quest for his crush; a journey to the bazaar, aptly named Araby, in order to get her a souvenir. Initially, a normal endeavor for his crush; however soon becomes ill-fated. Joyce also implements another narrative element to the story; the same boy now older reminiscing those events unfazed and dispirited. The narrative of the older counterpart initially is subtle; but later throughout the story, it is effective about commenting his past. Reinforcing this is his imaginative obsession with his crush that he soon becomes oblivious to obstacles in his life that would complete his dream of love. To make his quest more difficult, he is delayed by his uncle who does not have the same passion of the bazaar’s importance unlike the boy. By implementing imagery, two point of views, and conflict, “Araby” reveals the boy’s ignorance to the harsh reality he resides in while using his future self to reflect his mundane past. In his short story, imagery is commonly used to reflect what the boy is thinking about at a given

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