Professor Joe Rasopa
February 5th 2013
Childhood is a time when one has clear conscience, and our life is like fresh morning dawn. It’s a time when one sees life as a new toy, something to be observed and explored. The innocence last until that moment, one day something changes. Life, which was like fairy tale, and suddenly mask falls off and life is no longer as a fairy tale. The story of “Araby” by James Joyce characterizes the story of a boy who is on this verse from innocent childhood to early adulthood. It is the story of the boy who gains consciousness about the world, unlike what he had seen or thought of. The story holds the period of life when each individual is innocent and optimistic about everything. In contrast, when truth comes out and disclosed to harsh realities of life, then one gets the insight of the realities. Araby is story of a boy who is nameless, and implying every adolescent boy. He is attracted towards his friend’s sister, and he does not know what these feelings towards this girl mean to. He watches her from far, and never spoke with her. His life is full of innocence. The friend he plays with and the surroundings he live is the part of his innocence. The unnamed girl in the story who is known as Magnum sister is the changing point for his life. After his confrontation with girl his life changes forever. Every morning before school the boy lies on the floor in the front parlor peeking out through a crack in the blind of the door, watching and waiting for the girl next door to emerge from her house and walk to school. He is shy and still boyish. He follows her, walks silently past, not daring to speak. As soon as the boy notices the girl; he says his “heart leaped”. He has the sense of confused feelings for the girl which make him feel “her names were like summons on my foolish blood”. The boy is convinced that she is his love and he admires her from distance. The boy is so innocent the...
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