English M01 A
12th October 2014
DREAMER TO REALIST
James Joyce “Araby” is an emotional short story of a nameless boy who leads a carefree life in a Dublin neighborhood before falling in love with his friend 's sister. The idea which Joyce promotes with the story revolves around, how the boy reacts to the feelings for his crush? Joyce spends most of his time introducing the boy’s thought on the area in which he lives, and how he senses about the life he has been so far? A portion of the story describes that the girl and the boy never talked before, but when they finally speak, the girl mentions the existence of an exotic bazaar in town, named "Araby". The narrator then becomes obsessed with the idea of going to the bazaar to bring the girl a present. Nevertheless, disappointment is an important theme of the story. The young boy ultimately faces the reality; he goes to Araby and realizes that he cannot afford the things that are sold there. In other words, Joyce deals with the dichotomy of fantasy versus reality in "Araby", giving it a rather pessimistic approach, where reality and its negativity prevail. The story’s main theme is growth and maturity. In order for such development to take place, "Araby" follows a well-defined succession of effects, "deception, disillusionment and coming to awareness". These three elements that result in the character 's growth are well defined in the story. Mangan 's sister and the bazaar both represent illusion. Disillusionment is present when the narrator gets to "Araby" and understands that it is not what he had anticipated. Finally, awareness is shown at the end, when he comes to the conclusion that he is not ...
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...e week waiting for it, but as he finally arrived; it was all over. He stood there thinking about how his pride drove him to come here, and as soon as he arrived there the same bit of personal pride laughed in his face. As soon as he feels this, his heart fills with pain and fury. The boy followed his heart without and plan and because of this mistake he again felt embarrassed.
In conclusion, Joyce’s theme of a boy transforming from immaturity to maturity to one’s discovery of a disappointing reality is distinctly understood through his actions and stopping points of the story’s narrator. In the end the boy’s pure ideals were demolished completely. Perhaps he moves from young dreamer to a separated realist. Dublin is not now merely trains and drunken men, but a situation with no noble concepts for the judgment to rely on. The boy at least alienated with reality.
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