03 November 2013
In the short story “Araby” an unnamed boy describes mostly his thoughts and experiences in a North Dublin street. The allure of a new love and wonderful places mingles with his familiarity to hardships. The boy truly believes that the key to impressing Mangan’s sister is held within Araby, which is a Dublin bazaar. There are some profound similarities in another short story “How to date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie” by Junot Diaz. His allure of a girl, and seemingly any girl made apparent by the naming or multiple races, will take away all those familiar problems. James Joyce characters are very broad, as if to almost say it could be anyone. The boy’s emotions are very much more in his thoughts or dreams and the causing him to be unfocused and on edge at times. While Junot is very specific and also very verbal, as though he’s speaking from true experiences or judging from things that have actually taken place. He remains much focused on doing small tasks to keep these different types of girls interested in him. Although these two narrators express emotions in two completely different ways, they shape experiences and trials of tribulation that we all must endure, and hopefully one day overcome, to obtain greener pastures.
In the opening sentence of the story, “North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free,” the narrator seems much removed from the boy (or "the boys," for that matter), even from the setting itself. The narrator here seems pretty much the conventional third-person limited omniscient narrator. In the closing sentence, however, “gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger,” the narrator is indeed first-person but seems to have fully transcended his state of limited awareness; the way he talks about...
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