Joyce emphasizes the unnamed narrator’s unrealistic view of life in “Araby” by showing his loss of vision. The boy is infatuated with his friend’s older sister, Mangan, and he often watches her in secret. Within the comfort of his own home, he habitually “lay[s] on the floor” and makes sure the blinds are “pulled down to within an inch of the sash so that [he] could not be seen” (Joyce 42). By using the blinds to cover his curious stares, he is taking away the vision of Mangan’s sister. He very purposefull...
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...rs that didn’t escape their paralysis, he believes that escaping one’s paralysis is difficult. However, Gabriel’s opportunity for escape the life that traps him in “The Dead” shows that it is a possibility for everyone who is willing to open their eyes and see a way out.
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