March 26, 2013
Araby Analysis Draft.
A Short Story Analysis
Araby is a short story written by James Joyce about a young boy who lives in Dublin. In the story, the boy has a crush on his friend’s sister. The crush causes him to travel far away to the Araby bazaar, to get her a gift which he then later realizes was very childish to do. The boy lets his heart take over his actions and not think with his mind.
The story starts with describing the setting.The neighborhood where he lives is very unexciting and emotionless. “North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end, detached from its neighbours in a square ground" (155). The house where he stays once belonged to a priest who had passed away inside of the house. He finds many books that had belonged to the man and he sometimes spends his time reading them.
The character who is not named seems to be very emotionless and dull due to the atmosphere of the community where he lives. He spends a lot of his time reading, exploring the house where he stays, or looking out the window. He is raised by his aunt and uncle who seem to brush his presence off and his only friend is a boy named Mangan who lives in the apartment across the street from him. The only thing that seems to bring a smile to his face is Mangan’s sister he watches from his window to see when she steps out of the house and when she does it makes his “heart leap” (302).
The plot of the story is for the boy to prove how much he really likes Mangan’s sister and what he is willing to do for her. When he finally gets the chance to talk to her she mentions that she cannot make it to the Araby bazaar and suggest that he goes. He agrees to go to the bazaar for her and tell her that he will bring something back from his trip as a gift. When he gets to the bazaar it is almost closed, he ends up buying nothing for her, and realizes that it was a waste...
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