The Importance Of Love In James Joyce's Araby

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Love is a word used a lot today for many different reasons, but what is real love. how do you know when you really love someone? Love is one of the most important factors of human survival because it allows us to work together. On the other hand love is a sinister and indefinable feeling that often exposes its victims to risk, pain and misery. Love is the pillar for companionship, and drives us to depend on others which ultimately weaken us. Love is built on a foundation of so-called trust. This leaves room for individuals to abuse the trust and take advantage. The argument that love promotes cooperation is ludicrous; cooperation and unity are usually short lived rewards, as they will be contaminated with betrayal and lies. Love is a dangerous …show more content…
The narrator has a best friend that lives across the street whose name is Magnan whom he plays with often, Magnan has a sister who isn’t named but is referred to as Magnan’s sister. Our nameless narrator for some strange reason is instantaneously attracted to her, but it is somewhat of a juvenile crush, he is so infatuated with Magnan’s sister, he picks up a strange and unhealthy habit, the narrator tends to watch her stealthily, waiting for her to leave for school in the mornings so that he can follow her on part of his route to school. One day, the girl finally acknowledges him, to ask if he is going to Araby. Araby is the name of an exotic bazaar with an Arabian theme. She is unable to go, due to the fact that she is going on a religious retreat that weekend. The narrator, full of romantic thoughts, says that he will go and bring back some sort of gift for her. For the rest of the day the narrator can think of little else save his trip to the bazaar. The day arrives, and the narrator reminds his uncle that he wishes to go to the bazaar that night, so that he can provide funds for transportation and some spending money. Later on that night, his uncle comes home very late (after 9 p.m.). The boy doubts that he is able to go at all, the narrator nevertheless forces himself to go, and he takes the small sum of money for the …show more content…
The way short story is told is unique firstly it’s told from the perspective of the town (first people) and secondly there is no sense of organization of thoughts, the narrators randomly reminisce of various incidents which involved the deceased Emily. When Emily Grierson died, the whole town went to her funeral. The women of the town went mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which is "a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies.” It starts with the mayor, Colonel Sartoris, exempting her from paying taxes after the death of her father. After the death of Colonel Sartoris almost a decade has passed and the new generation of leaders which included a new mayor and a board of alderman attempts to get Emily to resume paying her taxes but she is adamant that she has “no taxes in Jefferson” which is a prime example of her inability to accept

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