Essay about Araby, By James Joyce

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“Araby” is a short story written by James Joyce who was an Irish novelist and poet, titled as one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. In Araby, Joyce highlights a young boy who describes the North Dublin Street where he lives in a house with his aunt and uncle. The narrator remembers when he and his friends used to run through the dark muddy lanes of the house to avoid his uncle or when his friend Mangan’s sister came out on the doorstep to call her brother in to his tea. He is obsessed with the young girl, whose brown figure was defined by the light from the half-opened door. “Her dress swung as she moved her body, and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side” (needs citation). He also talks about the previous owner of the house, a priest who died and left some books in the back-drawing room at which he would sometimes take a glance. For the narrator, every day starts when he observes her as she steps out of the house and walks quietly behind her on their way to school until finally passing her when their ways diverged. The themes of Araby are disappointment and frustration.

On Saturday morning, when the narrator accompanies his aunt marketing, he cannot stop thinking about the young girl. He starts questioning if he will ever have the courage to speak with her. “I did not know whether I would ever speak to her or not or, if I spoke to her, how I could tell her of my confused adoration” (Joyce 243). At…

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