The Power of Araby by James Joyce Essay

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It has been such a joy reading “The Norton Introduction to Literature” by Kelly J. Mays. Of all the stories that I was assigned to read, one story in particular stood out to me because of how the author used words to create a vivid image in my mind. The story I’m talking about is “Araby” by James Joyce. James Joyce does a great job creating vivid images in the readers mind and creates a theme that most of us can relate. In this paper I will be discussing five scholarly peer reviewed journals that also discusses the use of image and theme that James Joyce created in his short story “Araby”. Before I start diving into discussing these five scholarly peer review journals, I would like to just write a little bit about “Araby” by James…show more content…
The boy has been transformed by his own narrative voice into a figure of fable, of the mirrored emptiness that is Vanitas. "Araby" therefore doubles its thematic preoccupation with the chivalric quest implicit in its famous trope of the imperiled Grail ("I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes" [31]) by further formally cloaking itself in the allegorical and parabolic rhetoric of chivalric literature (310). We also notice in that sentence there is a theme of isolation going on in the short story “Araby”. The word darkness and blind is used plenty in ‘Araby”. In the beginning and throughout the short story we notice that James Joyce writes about the setting that that boy is in, which is very dark, blind, and uninhabited. As said by Margot Norris, she also agrees as she writes that the curious figure of the reflective darkness ("Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself") of an extinguished dream ("the light was out"), suggests that this story will be illuminated by blindness, and that the boy who finds emptiness in "Araby," the figure of romance, is in turn found empty, a personification rather than a person, by the story (311). Margot Norris describes “Araby” as a strategic use of poetic words that James Joyce used to illustrate and satisfy for the darkness and blindness in the young boy’s
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