Essay about Araby, By James Joyce

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Araby Analysis Paper Araby is about a young boy who is experiencing his first crush. James Joyce, the author of Araby, is a highly decorated author with major recognition including being named one of the most important people in the 20th century by Time Magazine. Mr. James Joyce also had three novels listed in the list of top 100 best English novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library. James Joyce includes many aspects of his life into the story including not having a dad, alcoholism, and where he lived and studied. Araby is one of fifteen “Dubliners” which is a series of short stories by Joyce. Joyce uses themes of first love, loneliness, and coming of age to portray the young boy’s journey. (Mays 154) First love a major theme in Araby. “I pressed the palms of my hands together until they trembled, murmuring: O love! O love! Many times” (Mays 156). The young boy’s thoughts are consumed with Megan’s sister. The boy is very excited because she is all he can think about, and this is the first time he gets to talk to her in the story. With first love comes good and bad feelings, and Joyce does include the feeling of disappointment in Araby. “She could not go, she said, because there would be a retreat that week in her covent” (Mays 156). The boy feels let down and disappointed that Megan’s sister told him she could not go to the bazaar. Even though she has a good reason to tell him no. The boy says he was confused, but the girl had a good reason not to…

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