Essay on Analysis Of James Joyce 's ' Araby '

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An Analysis of James Joyce’s “Araby” In 1914 James Joyce wrote the book “Dubliners”, a collection of short stories whose purpose was to describe the everyday life of the people in Dublin, Ireland. Most of the stories in “Dubliners” contain what Joyce called “epiphanies,” or moments of realization or transformation, often taking place in the mind of the character alone, with no external evidence of their occurrence. Among these epiphany containing stories was “Araby”. The epiphany in “Araby” was the narrator’s realization of the futility of his hopes and dreams to leave his hometown of Dublin. At the start of the piece, the narrator describes his street as “a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers’ School set the boys free” (Joyce 678). In reference to his house, the narrator says, “air, musty from having been long enclosed, hung in all the rooms, and the waste room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless papers” (Joyce 678). It is clear then, that the narrator is presenting an image of a simple existence in a simple town. By giving such droll descriptions of his surroundings, paired with the overall lack of enthusiasm when talking about his home, one can assume that the narrator is not altogether happy with where he lives. As a school aged boy, it is reasonable to believe that he is experiencing a growing boredom with his home and routine, an experience shared by many adolescents.
The first hint of the exotic enters with the narrator’s…

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