Joyce's Araby

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Joyce’s “Araby”: Frustrating Love

James Joyce’s “Araby” is a short story that focuses on the frustrations and complications people experience when pursuing something they love. Joyce displays this frustration clearly through the emotions of a young boy, who is trying to impress his female neighbor. The boy also highlights the fact that when people pursue the things they desire they regress to childish qualities of high expectations and often glorify the views of success. In the story of “Araby” a young boy is in love with a young woman and fantasizes of the idea to impress her with a gift from the bazaar. The young boy romanticized the young woman and watched her every day from his window. The idea of love plagued the young boy so much that he had troubles with daily tasks and “had hardly any patience with the serious work of life. . .” When the young boy finally has the chance to go to the bazaar he does not have enough time to buy his love a gift. As the boy stood in the empty, dark bazaar he was filled with “anguish and anger.” “Araby” is very effective in showing a young boy’s emotions because the story’s theme is universal and can apply to many other situations where a person is disappointed. The boy anticipates the joy of impressing the young woman only to be left in darkness at the closing bazaar. Joyce seems to be suggesting that those who have high idealistic expectations in life will be often let down with a realistic ending.
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