Analysis of James Joyce's Araby

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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. An example of Joyce’s word choice to create a dull image would be the line “…through the dark muddy lanes behind the houses, where we ran the gauntlet of the rough tribes from the cottages, to the back doors of the dark dripping gardens…”

In “Araby”, the young boy is in...
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