Araby Essay

Topics: Frustration, Emotion, Disappointment Pages: 4 (838 words) Published: April 11, 2015

Relinquished Idealism
A Response to “Araby”

Angela Son
Heather Carlopio

The theme of the story “Araby” is one of the end of innocence and youthful idealism. Joyce writes the story from the perspective of a boy, a boy who finds a spark of inspiration in his life, a spark caused by a girl and an exotic bazaar called “Araby”. Eventually the boy becomes uninspired since he must accept a disappointing reality. In the beginning of the story protagonist has wonderful idealistic notions, is inspired about romance as Joyce (1905) writes, “her image accompanied me even in places the most hostile to romance” and is consumed by the girl (p.880). Joyce also illustrates the excitement of the bazaar Araby and the name alone would “cast and Eastern enchantment” on the boy (p.880). Yet, at the end of the story the reader recognizes the boys disenchantment of the world because once the boy finally does arrive, the bazaar does not live up to his expectations, and the boy is forced to experience the bitterness of life. Joyce's conveys the theme of the story as the end of innocence by making the protagonist have an unpleasant and disappointing experience of “Araby”. By having to experience the disappointment of the real world the protagonist must acknowledge reality and forsake his idealism. Joyce conveys the impact of discovering a disappointing reality through the protagonist’s behavior since the boy decides not to buy the girl a gift once he discovers how desolate “Araby” actually is and thus begins to feel defeated. At the end of the story, Joyce writes “I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity” and the reader can infer that boy's idealistic and romantic notions have shattered (p.882). This statement further illustrates how facing reality can defeat the young, which can ultimately lead to one casting aside their pure and idealistic views of the world.

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