Araby and James Joyce Essay

1209 Words Jun 28th, 2008 5 Pages
The short story “Araby” is clearly identifiable as the work of James Joyce. His vocalized ambition of acquainting fellow Irish natives with the true temperament of his homeland is apparent throughout the story. Joyce’s painstakingly precise writing style can be observed throughout “Araby” as well. Roman Catholicism, which played a heavy role in Joyce’s life, also does so in the story which is another aspect which makes Joyce’s authorship of the story unmistakable. As a result of Irish heritage displayed in “Araby” along with evidence of Joyce’s unmistakable writing style throughout and the role of Catholicism in the story, “Araby” is instantly recognizable as the work of James Joyce.
In his writing of Dubliners as a whole James Joyce
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Several aspects of Joyce’s meticulous writing style can be observed in his story “Araby.” In his book Exploring James Joyce Joseph Prescott draws attention to, “Joyce’s use of words in such a sense or context as to throw upon them a stronger light than they ordinarily enjoy,” (8). Evidence of this supposition lies at the end of the fifth paragraph of “Araby” in the form of the metaphor, “But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires,” (Joyce 884). In consideration of such peculiarity the following relation from Robert Kaplan’s article “Madness and James Joyce” is more understandable, “There is a telling anecdote from Frank Budgen, his friend and biographer. Joyce said he had been working hard all day – writing two sentences. ‘You were seeking the right words?’ asked Budgen. ‘No,’ replied Joyce, ‘I have the words already. What I am seeking is the perfect order in the sentence,” (37). In addition to Joyce’s precision with his placement of words, his connotation often seems either supplemental or ironic. As Peter de Voogd mentions in his article “Imagine, Eveline, Visualised Focalisations in James Joyce’s Dubliners” “Imaging the text of Dubliners also includes the way in which the shape of a thing or name mentioned may add to or contradict its meaning,” (9). An example of this lies in the ninth paragraph of “Araby” where the following statement can be found, “I

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