Araby - Reader's Analysis

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Reader’s Analysis

"Araby'' is one of fifteen short stories that together make up James Joyce's collection, Dubliners. Araby paints a portrait of life in Dublin, Ireland. Joyce is one of the most famous writers of the Modernist period of literature, which runs roughly from 1900 to the end of World War II. Its stories are arranged in an order reflecting the development of a child into a grown man. The first three stories are told from the point of view of a young boy, the next three from the point of view of an adolescent, and so on. "Araby" is the last story of the first set, and is told from the perspective of a boy just on the verge of adolescence. The story takes its title from a real festival which came to Dublin in 1894 when Joyce was twelve years old. Joyce uses the first person narrative to write this short story. He communicates the confused thoughts and dreams of his young male character. The first-person point of view in "Araby" means that readers see everything through the eyes of the narrator and knows what he feels and thinks. If the narrator is confused or happy about his feelings, then the reader will get a first hand experience and actually is lead to sense the same feelings. Joyce starts the story by describing the North Dublin Street on which his house is located. He thinks about the priest who died in the house before his family moved in and the games that he and his friends played in the street. He recalls how they would run through the back lanes of the houses and hide in the shadows, hoping to avoid people in the neighborhood, particularly the boy’s uncle or the sister of his friend Mangan. The sister often comes to the front of their house to call the brother, and moment the narrator holds dear because of his attraction to her. Everyday his attraction to Mangan’s sister grows. There is a point where narrator’s infatuation is so intense towards Mangan’s sister that he fears he will never gather the courage to...
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