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The Inexistence of Father Christmas in Araby - “Araby” tells a story about a little boy’s romance and his disillusionment in the end. While people tend to focus on the ending of the story trying to find some clue from Araby the market alone, I believe there is another site that we should not forget—the room where the priest died. It seems Araby symbolizes the numb, dark adult world while the room is holy, romantic; but as I read more, I find they are quite the same. Comparing the two buildings, one of the hidden reasons for the boy’s anger dawned on me: he is deceived by both sites....   [tags: Araby Essays] 568 words
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The Power of Araby by James Joyce - 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”....   [tags: Araby Essays]
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Frankenstein and Araby - The delineation of female characters in “Frankenstein” and “Araby” is in a very passive manner. Both Mary Shelley and James Joyce urges the readers to ponder upon the then existing social status of women. The women in these works of fiction are treated as material goods and have minimal privileges with respect to the male character. In Frankenstein, Elizabeth Lavenza is depicted as an object with minimal rights and privileges. She is portrayed as a possession for Victor Frankenstein to protect. In the same manner, Araby explicates the character of Mangan’s sister as a submissive sex....   [tags: Frankenstein, Araby]
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Araby: Life Has No Meaning - Many people try to discover what the meaning of life is and find themselves searching for something that makes them feel complete. Some believe vanity is important, so they struggle to be better than others so they can have the money, the glory, and the luxuries. A desire to find a higher purpose or meaning keeps people from the possibility that life has no meaning. Life is filled with vanity, which is meaningless, therefore life has no meaning. James Joyce's “Araby” displays the theme that life has no meaning through the use of setting, characters, symbols, and motifs....   [tags: Araby Essays] 1044 words
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Critical Analysis of Joyce's Araby - Analysis of “Araby” In many cultures, childhood is considered a carefree time, with none of the worries and constraints of the “real world.” In “Araby,” Joyce presents a story in which the central themes are frustration, the longing for adventure and escape, and the awakening and confusing passion experienced by a boy on the brink of adulthood. The author uses a single narrator, a somber setting, and symbolism, in a minimalist style, to remind the reader of the struggles and disappointments we all face, even during a time that is supposed to be carefree....   [tags: Araby Essays] 1021 words
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Analysis of James Joyce's Araby - Even though James Joyce’s short story Araby could be identified as a simple love story which ultimately ends up ending in failure, it is clear that the work discusses much more than the ideas of love and failure. Through the lens of a young man who has become immersed in a culture with a belief set derived from the concepts of materialism and capitalism, the reader experiences a unique journey of a poor, disillusioned human being. While love might be seen as one of the most powerful emotions felt by man, it is clear that love’s intentions can become corrupt, driven off the rightful path by a loss of reality....   [tags: Araby Essays] 1352 words
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Araby, by James Joyce - In the short story “Araby” by James Joyce, a young adolescent boy becomes infatuated with his friends sister. An extravagant bazaar comes to town and the adolescent begins to look at the bazaar through a telescope reflecting the idea of romance. Joyce manages to tell a story of filled with innocence and self discovery through intricate detail, imagery, tone, and setting depicting emotional occurrences within the youth from beginning to end. “Araby” is the story of young love not flourishing as the heart would wish it too rather it is naïve and impossible....   [tags: Araby Essays] 792 words
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Araby, by James Joyce - In his short story “Araby,” James Joyce describes a young boy’s first stirring of love and his first encounter with the disappointment that love and life in general can cause. Throughout the story Joyce prepares the reader for the boy’s disillusionment at the story’s end. The fifth paragraph, for example, employs strong contrasts in language to foreshadow this disillusionment. In this passage the juxtaposition of romantic and realistic diction, detail, and imagery foreshadows the story’s theme that, in the final analysis, life ends in disappointment and disillusionment....   [tags: Araby Essays] 837 words
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General Criticism of Araby by James Joyce - Where does the beginning come from in every story and what influences the authors to include details and write the way they do. How do they know what to write about when for some the words just do not come. Life experiences, history, family history and events around them in the time are four of some of the biggest reasons authors put their thoughts and feelings on paper. What affected James Joyces’ writing most were the events going around him in Europe during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. However, his own experiences had an impact in his style and writing material....   [tags: Araby Essays]
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Realizing Mistakes in James Joyce's Araby - Many times in life, people set unrealistic expectations for themselves or for other people. This is not a very wise thing to do because people often feel disappointed and embarrassed for getting their hopes up so high. One good example of this is the narrator in the short story, Araby, by James Joyce. In the story Araby, a young man develops an infatuation with his friend, Magan’s, sister. Because his infatuation is so strong, he fears he will be unable to express his feelings to her, so when she mentions she cannot go to the local bazaar she has wanted to attend, he seizes this as a perfect opportunity and volunteers to buy her a gift....   [tags: Araby Essays] 745 words
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The Reality of World in Araby and Boys and Girls - Our perception about the world change as we grow up and experience the reality of life. This is the necessary and universal experience that we all must undergo to face the world successfully. The protagonists in James Joyce’s “Araby” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls experience a common initiation of how different the world is, compared to how they would like to see. The reader is given a glance into the lives of two adolescents. The protagonists in both stories are of the growing age and their perceptions about the world change....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Araby Essays] 1184 words
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Escape, Religion, and Coming of Age in Joyce's Araby - Steeped in religious imagery, James Joyce’s “Araby” is an examination of an anonymous boy’s search for freedom amid the crushing drudgery of his bleak Dublin neighborhood. Frustrated by the dreariness of daily life, the narrator is unnamed, as are most of supporting characters, rendered nameless by the cold austerity of their lives. He finds his only chance for escape through his rising infatuation with a neighborhood girl, known as Mangan’s sister. Representing the alluring promise of change and excitement, the narrator is eager to win her affections, traveling to the exotic Araby bazaar to buy her a gift....   [tags: Araby Essays]
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Light and Dark Symbolism Illustrated in Joyce's Araby - Since symbolism first began to be used in the English language, Light has always represented a theme of hope and optimism. The phrase “Light at the end of the tunnel” best encompasses this, implying an opportunity or relief after difficulty or chaos. In the same way, Darkness has represented confusion or despair. James Joyce expands on the traditional connotations of Light and Darkness in his short story “Araby”. The narrative follows a young boy on his futile quest to find love with a girl much older than himself whom he hardly knows....   [tags: Araby Essays] 656 words
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Araby and Sonny's Blues as Quest Narratives - The quest narrative is a common method of narration present in almost every adventure story in one form or another. One key characteristic which defines all quest narratives, irrespective of type, is the search for a “Holy Grail” – symbolic of something the protagonist desires. In a quest narrative it is often appropriate to refer to the protagonist as the hero. However, despite the connotations of the word “hero” to a figure who is flawless in both form and disposition, the hero usually does not begin the story as a perfect figure; the hero must undergo a series of trials and tribulations to which the hero emerges as a changed character....   [tags: Araby, Sonny's Blues]
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James Joyce's Araby - An Analysis of Araby - An Analysis of Joyce's Araby "Araby" is a short complex story by Joyce that I believe is a reflection of his own life as a boy growing up in Dublin. Joyce uses the voice of a young boy as a narrator; however the narrator seems much more mature then the boy in the story. The story focuses on escape and fantasy; about darkness, despair, and enlightenment: and I believe it is a retrospective of Joyce's look back at life and the constant struggle between ideals and reality. I believe Araby employs many themes; the two most apparent to me are escape and fantasy though I see signs of religion and a boy's first love....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 528 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Setting in Araby - Setting in James Joyce's Araby   In the opening paragraphs of James Joyce's short story, "Araby," the setting takes center stage to the narrator. Joyce tends carefully to the exquisite detail of personifying his setting, so that the narrator's emotions may be enhanced. To create a genuine sense of mood, and reality, Joyce uses many techniques such as first person narration, style of prose, imagery, and most of all setting. The setting of a short story is vital to the development of character....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays]
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A&P by John Updike and Araby by James Joyce - The two stories I chose are A&P by John Updike and Araby by James Joyce. Both stories tell a tale of social and philosophical differences of middle class adolescent boys, when compared to the adults in the stories. In the short story A&P by John Updike, the story is told in a first person narrative of a teenage boy working as a cashier in an A&P grocery store on a hot summer day. The story begins with the teenage boy named Sammy becoming preoccupied by a group of three teenage girls that walk into the grocery store wearing bathing suits....   [tags: Essay on A&P and Araby]
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Ugliness in Araby, by James Joyce - "Araby", a short story by James Joyce, is a despondent memory of adolescence narrated by a now grown man. The narrator recalls his first love, the older sister of his friend Mangan. He relates to us how he waited for her to leave her house for school before he would leave his house, trailing behind her until their ways parted, then passing her and going on his way. They had not had a conversation, until one day she asked him if he was going to Araby. Araby was the name of a bazaar that took place in Dublin in May 1894 (Beatty et al....   [tags: Araby Essays] 686 words
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Dublin and its People in Araby - What impression of Dublin and its people does James Joyce give in his story Araby ‘Dubliners’ is a book written by controversial Irish writer James Joyce, Dubliners was published in 1914 although the various stories in it were actually written between 1904 and 1907. James Joyce despised his homeland and every thing about it; he rejected Christianity, his family and Ireland, his country. In 1904, James left Ireland to live in Switzerland where he began to write Dubliners. James also rejected Irish literature and subsequently his favourite writers were Chekov, a Russian writer, Ibsen, a Norwegian writer and Zola, a French writer....   [tags: Araby Essays] 1309 words
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Symbolism In Araby, by James Joyce - James Joyce: Symbols of Religion in his short story Araby Alongside the dawn of the twentieth century appeared an author by the name of James Joyce. Joyce introduced the idea that language can be manipulated and transformed into a new original meaning. 'Some critics considered the work a masterpiece, though many readers found it incomprehensible' (The Literature 1). Joyce’s stories were not welcomed with open, inviting arms; instead they were undesired by publishers and his books were immensely misunderstood by the majority who gave them a glance....   [tags: Araby Essays] 1293 words
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Analysis of James Joyce's Araby - An Analysis of James Joyce’s “Araby” A love sick, or obsessed, boy. Or a little bit of both. Either way, James Joyce’'s story, “Araby”, is about growing up, and how things do not always turn out how we would like, or expect them to. The main character, a young boy, seems to be about twelve or thirteen years of age. He lives on a dead end street with his aunt and uncle in the Irish city of Dublin. The author is constantly using imagery to convey how mundane the young boy’s life is, and how dark it is living in Dublin....   [tags: Araby Essays] 519 words
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Themes in James Joyce's Araby - In the story of, "Araby" James Joyce concentrated on three main themes that will explain the purpose of the narrative. The story unfolded on North Richmond Street, which is a street composed of two rows of houses, in a desolated neighborhood. Despite the dreary surroundings of "dark muddy lanes" and "ash pits" the boy tried to find evidence of love and beauty in his surroundings. Throughout the story, the boy went through a variety of changes that will pose as different themes of the story including alienation, transformation, and the meaning of religion (Borey)....   [tags: Araby Essays] 653 words
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Joyce's Araby: a Double Focus - Boy or Man: the Double Focus On one hand "Araby" is a story of initiation, of a boy's quest for the ideal. Although the quest ends in failure, it results in an inner awareness and the boy's first step into manhood. On another hand the story consists of a grown man's remembered experience, for the story is told in retrospect by a man who reflects back to a particular moment of intense meaning and insight. James Joyce's fascinating double focus: the boy's first experience, and the man's reflection to the unforgotten moments of his childhood provides for the dramatic rendering of a simple story of first love told by a narrator who, with his wider adult vision, can employ the sophisticated use...   [tags: Araby Essays] 790 words
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James Joyce's Araby - The Lonely Quest in Araby - The Lonely Quest in "Araby"           Universality of experience makes James Joyce's "Araby" interesting, readers respond instinctively to an experience that could have been their own. It is part of the instinctual nature of man to long for what he feels is the lost spirituality of his world. In all ages man has believed that it is possible to search for and find a talisman, which, if brought back, will return this lost spirituality. The development of theme in "Araby" resembles the myth of the quest for a holy talisman....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays]
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James Joyce's Araby - Araby as Epiphany for the Common Man - James Joyce's Dubliners - Araby as Epiphany for the Common Man Joseph Campbell was one of many theorists who have seen basic common denominators in the myths of the world's great religions, Christianity among them, and have demonstrated how elements of myth have found their way into "non-religious" stories. Action heroes, in this respect, are not unlike saints. Biblical stories are, quite simply, the mythos of the Catholic religion, with saints being the heroes in such stories. The Star Wars film saga is, according to Campbell, an example of the hero's maturation via the undertaking of a great quest....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays]
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James Joyce's Araby - Setting and Atmosphere in Araby - Setting and Atmosphere in Araby   Each of the stories in Dubliners consists of a portrait in which Dublin contributes to the dehumanizing experience of modem life. The boy in the story "Araby" is intensely subject to the city's dark, hopeless conformity, and his tragic yearning toward the exotic in the face of drab, ugly reality forms the center of the story. On its simplest level, "Araby" is a story about a boy's first love. On a deeper level, however, it is a story about the world in which he lives a world inimical to ideals and dreams....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 844 words
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James Joyce's Araby - The Symbol of the Church in Araby - James Joyce's Dubliners - The Symbol of the Church in Araby Joyce's short story "Araby" is filled with symbolic images of a church. It opens and closes with strong symbols, and in the body of the story, the images are shaped by the young), Irish narrator's impressions of the effect the Church of Ireland has upon the people of Ire-land. The boy is fiercely determined to invest in someone within this Church the holiness he feels should be the natural state of all within it, but a succession of experiences forces him to see that his determination is in vain....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 1200 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Character, Structure and Style in Araby - Character, Structure and Style in Araby         According to Hazel Edwards, “A good story writer needs to be a craftsman, for the construction is tighter than that required for most novels. Usually a short story concentrates on a few characters- rarely more than three major ones. The story revolves around a single, dramatic incident which typifies the characters’ reactions. Length varies from 1,000 to about 5,000 words.” With these characteristics in mind, then we are going to examine James Joyce’s short story Araby  in terms of depiction of character, the story structure and the style....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays]
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Araby by James Joyce - “Araby” by James Joyce      There seems to be a great deal of controversy surrounding the short story, “Araby” by James Joyce. This isn’t controversy dealing with various political issues or controversy involving issues of free speech or anything related to these things. It is of a more simple matter: whether the young boy in this story is capable of having a deep emotional realization at the conclusion of the story. It is obvious to me via the final sentence, (Araby, 398), that he does not make a startling realization, rather, the narrator, as the boy many years later, looks back on how foolish he was....   [tags: Araby Essays] 629 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Auditory Imagery in Araby - Auditory Imagery in Araby     I noticed a lot of auditory imagery in "Araby" that helped to enhance the meaning of the story. The first is the description of the sound in the streets when the young man is walking by thinking of the girl he loves. He hears the "curses of laborers," the "shrill litanies of shop boys," and "nasal chantings of street singers." All of these images, besides just making the street seem busy, also make it seem like an unpleasant and intruding scene, almost like you would want to cover your ears and hurry through as fast as possible....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 399 words
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Araby, by James Joyce - The story, "Araby" by James Joyce, is a short story about a young boy's life and his quest to impress the young girl for whom he has feelings. The protagonists to the young boy, including the young girl, are the boy's uncle, and the people at the Bazaar booth. The initial point of conflict occurs when the girl informs the boy that she cannot attend the bazaar, as she has every other year. "She could not go, she said, because there would be a retreat that week in her convent" (Joyce 106)....   [tags: Araby Essays] 951 words
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James Joyce's Araby - The Ironic Narrator of Araby - The Ironic Narrator of "Araby" Although James Joyce's story "Araby" is told from the first per-son viewpoint of its young protagonist, we do not receive the impression that a boy tells the story. Instead, the narrator seems to be a man matured well beyond the experience of the story. The mature man reminisces about his youthful hopes, desires, and frustrations. More than if a boy's mind had reconstructed the events of the story for us, this particular way of telling the story enables us to perceive clearly the torment youth experiences when ideals, concerning both sacred and earthly love, are destroyed by a suddenly unclouded view of the actual world....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 882 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Loss of Innocence in Araby - Loss of Innocence in Araby In her story, "Araby," James Joyce concentrates on character rather than on plot to reveal the ironies inherent in self-deception. On one level "Araby" is a story of initiation, of a boy’s quest for the ideal. The quest ends in failure but results in an inner awareness and a first step into manhood. On another level the story consists of a grown man's remembered experience, for the story is told in retrospect by a man who looks back to a particular moment of intense meaning and insight....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 874 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Lack of Insight in Araby - Araby – Lack of Insight   Readers of "Araby" often focus on the final scene as the key to the story. They assume the boy experi­ences some profound insight about himself when he gazes "up into the darkness." I believe, however, that the boy sees nothing and learns nothing--either about himself or others. He's not self- reflective; he's merely self-absorbed. The evidence supporting this interpretation is the imagery of blindness and the ironic point of view of the narrator. There can seem to be a profound insight at the end of the story only if we empathize with the boy and adopt his point of view....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 1076 words
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Araby, by James Joyce - In his short story "Araby", James Joyce portrays a character who strives to achieve a goal and who comes to an epiphany through his failure to accomplish that goal. Written in the first person, "Araby" is about a man recalling an event from his childhood. The narrator's desire to be with the sister of his friend Mangan, leads him on a quest to bring back a gift from the carnival for the girl. It is the quest, the desire to be a knight in shining armor, that sends the narrator to the carnival and it's what he experienced and sees at the carnival that brings him to the realization that some dreams are just not attainable....   [tags: Araby Essays] 673 words
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James Joyce's Araby and Eveline - James Joyce's "Araby" and "Eveline" In 'Araby' and 'Eveline' Joyce uses religious symbols to show the importance of the Catholic religion in both of the main characters' lives. Both of these stories take place in Dublin, Ireland, a place that is very strong in its belief in the Catholic religion. In 'Araby,' the imagery of the infamous 'Fall' is presented to the reader within the second paragraph to indicate its importance. The themes of religious masses can be found in 'Eveline.' The concept of the Catholic Ash Wednesday is presented throughout both 'Araby' and 'Eveline.'      The second paragraph of ?Araby....   [tags: Araby, Eveline Essays] 1063 words
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James Joyce's Araby - James Joyce's Araby      The story “Araby,” by James Joyce, shows how people often expect more than that which ordinary reality can provide and consequently feel disappointed when they do not receive what they expect. Another fascinating piece of literature is the poetry collection The Black Riders and Other Lines by Stephen Crane. What, if anything, does one have to do with the other. This paper will compare one of Crane’s poems to Joyce’s story. “Araby” tells the story of a young boy’s disillusionment with life as he experiences his first adult feelings of love for a girl, but is then denied expression of his feelings for her by the adult world....   [tags: Araby Essays] 842 words
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James Joyce's Araby - The Tragedy of Araby In James Joyce’s Araby, a young boy finds himself in love with an older girl. The girl, Mangan’s sister, refuses to love him back and instead ignores him. This crushes the boy and makes his hunger for her even more stronger. He sometimes finds himself hopelessly alone in the darkness thinking about her, awaiting for the day she would recognize his devotion to her. “ At night in my bedroom…her image came between me and the page I strove to read (805).” “At last she spoke to me (805).” She asked him if he was going to attend a popular carnival called Araby....   [tags: Araby Essays] 1190 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Araby: Joycean Romanticism of the Church Life is filled with loneliness and times when a person feels unsure. When these times arise is when most people turn to their faith in the church or faith in fate. Certain events in one’s life can send them reeling for something that they can find solace in. Security from the turbulent world is given through faith and hope. When times are at there hardest what can you do. Without faith you can get stuck, and slowly dragged down by the world decaying around you....   [tags: Araby Essays] 723 words
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James Joyce's Araby - 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....   [tags: Araby Essays] 581 words
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James Joyce's Araby - Araby by James Joyce In "Araby" James Joyce explores the theme that adulthood is not always what it seems. The narrator in the story is the main character and he demonstrates this theme when he falls in love with the girl in his neighborhood. In the beginning the young boy is too shy to express his feeling towards her. Later in the story he tells her of a present that he is going to bring her from the bazzar. Lastly he realizes that he has failed and now has lost his chance with this girl and is "driven by anguish and derided by vanity" (Joyce)....   [tags: Araby Essays] 744 words
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James Joyce's Araby - James Joyce's Araby I doubt there are book logs that commence with a note directing a reader, specifically you, even though I get the impression from Mr. Little to whom riding between pairs of glasses suggesting that in order to gather a bounty against my beloved head I must be obliged to fathoming on how to receive topic sentences with cradling arms and craters of dimples (have to love formalities, even of those lolling head-stumps, after all, it keeps NATO all trite and content with tying bow ties as a substitute for tying "no comments" with the press, or if there are annotations, they habitually orbit around: NATO headquarters dinner order for "take out the Chi...   [tags: Araby Essays] 3501 words
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Youthful Experience in James Joyce's Araby - Youthful Experience in James Joyce's Araby James Joyce's, "Araby" is a simple tale of youthful passion set in the midst of a harsh economic era. The main character of the story is a young boy living in a bleak environment who becomes entangled in the passions, frustrations, and realizations of youth. The bleak setting of the era is enhanced by the narrator's descriptions of the young boy's surroundings. "Araby" is a story of the loneliness of youth, the joy of youthful passion, and the realization of lost dreams....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays]
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Epiphany in Araby of James Joyce's Dubliners - Araby: An Epiphany         The story, "Araby" in James Joyce's Dubliners presents a flat, rather spatial portrait. The visual and symbolic details embedded in the story, are highly concentrated, and the story culminates in an epiphany. An epiphany is a moment when the essence of a character is revealed , when all the forces that bear on his life converge, and the reader can, in that instant, understand him. "Araby" is centered on an epiphany, and is concerned with a failure or deception, which results in realization and disillusionment....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 850 words
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Obsession in Araby of James Joyce's Dubliners - Obsession in Araby   In James Joyce’s short story "Araby," the main character is a young boy who confuses obsession with love. This boy thinks he is in love with a young girl, but all of his thoughts, ideas, and actions show that he is merely obsessed. Throughout this short story, there are many examples that show the boy’s obsession for the girl. There is also evidence that shows the boy does not really understand love or all of the feelings that go along with it. When the boy first describes the girl, you can see his obsession for her....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 1104 words
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An Analysis of Araby in James Joyce's Dubliners - An Analysis of Araby         There are many statements in the story "Araby" that are both surprising and puzzling.  The statement that perhaps gives us the most insight into the narrator's thoughts and feelings is found at the end of the story.  "Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger. (32)"  By breaking this statement into small pieces and key words, we can see it as a summation of the story's major themes....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 609 words
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Love and Disillusionment in Araby and A and P - Love and Disillusionment in “Araby" by James Joyce and “A and P" by John Updike “Araby" by James Joyce and “A and P " by John Updike are both short stories in which the central characters are in love with women who don’t even know it. The Araby story started sad and ended sadder, however, the “A and P” story started happy and ended with a heroic act that went unnoticed. The main characters both experience new situations and truths of which they were not previously aware. Both stories will be examined with contemplation according to the type of initiation that took place, the similar and different features of both characters and various elements of the short stories....   [tags: Araby James Joyce A and P John Updike] 982 words
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James Joyce's Araby - 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....   [tags: James Joyce Araby Essays] 1142 words
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Being Covered from the Truth in Araby by James Joyce - Being Covered from the Truth in Araby by James Joyce “Araby” by James Joyce, is a short story about a young boy trying to find and his search for inner happiness. The main setting takes place in the boy’s neighborhood where he lives with his aunt and uncle. The sub setting takes place in an Araby or English bazaar, a carnival if you will. In the neighborhood we find that there is; an uninhabited house that has not been occupied for some time, a girl, who’s referred to as ‘Mangan’s sister’, whom the boy has a lustful crush on, and a story of a deceased priest....   [tags: Araby james joyce Essays] 1106 words
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James Joyce's Dubliners - Adolescent Initiation Portrayed in Araby - Adolescent Initiation Portrayed in Araby     "Araby" tells the story of an adolescent boy's initiation into adulthood. The story is narrated by a mature man reflecting upon his adolescence and the events that forced him to face the disillusioning realities of adulthood. The minor charac­ters play a pivotal role in this initiation process. The boy observes the hypocrisy of adults in the priest and Mrs. Mercer; and his vain, self-centered uncle introduces him to another disillusioning aspect of adulthood....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 1147 words
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Themes of Alienation and Control in James Joyce's Araby - Alienation of “Araby” Although “Araby” is a fairly short story, author James Joyce does a remarkable job of discussing some very deep issues within it. On the surface it appears to be a story of a boy's trip to the market to get a gift for the girl he has a crush on. Yet deeper down it is about a lonely boy who makes a pilgrimage to an eastern-styled bazaar in hopes that it will somehow alleviate his miserable life. James Joyce’s uses the boy in “Araby” to expose a story of isolation and lack of control....   [tags: James Joyce Araby Themes]
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James Joyce's Dubliners - Analysis of Joyce's Araby - An Analysis of James Joyce's Araby James Joyce's "Araby" may seem at first glance to be only a story about a young boy's first love. However, there is an underlying theme of his effort to escape an inimical reality by transforming a neighbor girl into something larger than life, a spot of light in an otherwise dark and somber environment. Joyce's description of North Richmond Street evokes images of a vacuous, joyless, and stagnant environment. The house in which the young boy lives seems equally cold and gray....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 754 words
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Frankenstein and Araby - The delineation of female characters in “Frankenstein” and “Araby” is in a very passive manner. Both Mary Shelley and James Joyce urges the readers to ponder upon the then existing social status of women. The women in these works of fiction are treated as material goods and have minimal privileges with respect to the male character. In Frankenstein, Elizabeth Lavenza is depicted as an object with minimal rights and privileges. She is drawn out as possession for Victor Frankenstein to protect. In the same manner, Araby explicates the character of Mangan’s sister as a submissive sex....   [tags: Character Analysis. Comparisons] 876 words
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John Updike’s A & P, Richard Wright’s The Man Who Was Almost a Man, and James Joyce’s Araby - John Updike’s “A & P,” Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Was Almost a Man,” and James Joyce’s “Araby” Stories about youth and the transition from that stage of life into adulthood form a very solidly populated segment of literature. In three such stories, John Updike’s “A & P,” Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Was Almost a Man,” and James Joyce’s “Araby”, young men face their transitions into adulthood. Each of these boys faces a different element of youth that requires a fundamental shift in their attitudes....   [tags: Updike Wright Joyce Araby AP Almost Essays]
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The Things They Carried and Araby - The idea of love is very complex and can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Both “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien and “Araby” by James Joyce portray the lives of two individuals who are in love. “The Things They Carried” is about a young lieutenant named Jimmy Cross during the Vietnam War. Lieutenant Cross was incapable of focusing on the war because of his constant thoughts of the girl he loved, Martha. “Araby” is about a boy who is infatuated with a girl he has never had a conversation with....   [tags: Comparative, O'Brien, Joyce] 1351 words
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Araby by James Joyce - A movie’s success depends on how protagonists act. The same idea applies to a story; whether a story can attract people’s attention or not all depends on the character. People tell a story with a flat character makes readers easy to lose their attention. The same problem happens to me as well. A flat character is an uncomplicated character who does not have a substantial changes in the story. Compare to the flat character, a more complex character who have a dramatic changes in the story is called round character....   [tags: story, flat character, round character]
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Araby by James Joyce - Every character in a story is on a journey. This journey is one that does not always end with the character far away from where they were, but this journey can be within themselves. In whatever small or large way a character has experienced this journey, they have been changed. This inner change can come in the form of self-discovery. The character learning something about themselves they did not know before. This self-discovery a character finds can be found in the short stories "Araby" by James Joyce, "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, and "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka....   [tags: Herman Melville, Franz Kafka]
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Araby by James Joyce - In many stories of the modern era love is a driving theme or idea of a story. In ofter times the plot follow a similar path. At first there is a distance between the two loves. Then there must be a quest for the man to gain the feelings for the girl of his dreams and then the story ends with a happily ever after ending. In James Joyce's “Araby” it seems that the plot falls susceptible to the average love plot. It starts off with a boy, the narrator, that falls in love with his friends sister. He begins to have small talk with the girl and soon thinks that if he makes the trip to the Araby Bazaar and brings the girl something back that he will receive her love....   [tags: irish christian town, woman, love] 959 words
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Comparison of Araby and The Garden Party - In the introductions of James Joyce's Araby and Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party the main themes of the stories are immediately introduced, as in any effective short story. Through the detailed descriptions of the settings, the central themes of each story are presented. The relationships between the main characters and their respective families are introduced and provide background information which helps to further understand the themes of each story. The main themes of the stories are further developed when the characters are introduced....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1260 words
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Comparing Death in Araby and The Metamorphosis - Death in Araby and The Metamorphosis Many readers have commented on the contrast of light and darkness in the story Araby by James Joyce. Perhaps the death of the priest in Araby adds to the "darkness" that the boy experiences when he is thinking about Mangan's sister, as contrasted with the light he experiences when he is actually in her presence. It is interesting that the death of the priest does not become so "dark" until Mangan's sister is introduced. In the first scene where the boy visits the priest's old room, he rummages around and finds some treasures, including "paper-covered books," and "the late tenant's rusty bicycle pump." There is no sense of gloom here, in fact, the b...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 974 words
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James Joyce's Eveline and Araby - James Joyce's Eveline and Araby James Joyce uses similar themes and language devices in both 'Araby' and 'Eveline.' Although this is so, there are also important differences to be noted. Joyce wrote these stories over one hundred years ago but yet we can still relate to the issues covered in the modern world today. James Joyce could have written these short stories as an inspiration from his own background or based them on the events happening in Dublin at that time. These stories were written as a new century was beginning....   [tags: Papers James Joyce] 1630 words
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Araby by James Joyce - Araby "Anyone still capable of wondering aloud whether the last word on Joyce has not already been published demonstrates an ignorance of the scope of the problem comparable to assuming that the Model T Ford is the last word in locomotive possibilities" (Benstock 1). This quote of Bernard Benstock serves as evidence to the complexity and the brilliance of James Joyce's works. In fact, some would say that his works were too brilliant and complex, as it took ten years for his collection of short stories, Dubliners, to be published because his publishing company refused to print it....   [tags: Dubliners]
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Comparing Araby and Genesis - Parallels between Araby and Genesis   In the Bible, the story of creation occurs in the garden of Eden.  The book of Genesis tells the tale of Adam and Eve, whom God allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except for that of the central tree of knowledge.  Unfortunately, with the serpent’s deceitful encouragement, Eve enticed Adam to eat from that banned tree.  The fruit opened Adam’s eyes to the reality that he was naked (Gen. 3:7-20).  Interestingly, the second paragraph of “Araby” alludes to the Genesis account of Eden.  “The wild garden behind the house contained a central apple tree and a few straggling bushes.”  Aside from commenting on the “eroded” isle of Ireland, Jo...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1491 words
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Araby(loss Of Innocence) - Loss Of Innocence In James Joyce’s Araby the boys loss of innocence may be confusing and even painful but at the same time it is important . It begins his journey into adulthood . The boy in Araby is experiencing something all young men experience , the first crush . It is a time in his life where he is having new feelings, and trying to express those feelings to the object of his affection is next to impossible . Even the simple act of watching Mangan’s sister brings up emotions in the boy ....   [tags: essays research papers] 644 words
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Joyce's Araby versus Updike's A & P - Joyce's "Araby" and Updike's "A & P": A Culture Hostile to Romance "Araby" by James Joyce and "A & P" by John Updike are two stories which, in spite of their many differences, have much in common. In both of these initiation stories, the protagonists move from one stage of life to another and encounter disillusionment along the way. Looking back upon his boyhood in Irish Catholic Dublin in the early 1900's, the narrator of "Araby"gives an account of his first failed love. Captivated by Mangan's older sister, the boy promises to bring her a gift from a bazaar that wears the mystical name of Araby....   [tags: James Joyce John Updike]
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Internal and External Conflicts Experienced by Characters in Araby & Metamorphosis by Joyce and Kafka - Araby & Metamorphosis In today's time rather than knowing if an action is right, individuals act upon circumstances that they think is right. In short stories, James Joyce writes about a young boy in "Araby" and Franz Kafka writes about Gregor Samsa in "Metamorphosis". Both characters face internal and external problems throughout these stories, also sharing similarities and differences throughout. The young boy falls for his friends sister Mangan, who makes his life an illusion by her being the person he is caught up with....   [tags: isolation, transformation, alienation]
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