The author uses a single narrator, a somber setting, and symbolism, in a minimalist style, to remind the reader of the struggles and disappointments we all face, even during a time that is supposed to be carefree. The boy requests and receives permission to attend the bazaar on Saturday night. At the time, Ireland was under the control of Great Britain and the Nationalist movement, also known as Irish Republicanism in its more radical form, rejected British control in favor of Irish independence. Your career can be your araby, or your marriage, or your first love etc. Joyce using the lack of light as symbolism to suggest a lack of movement or clarity for the narrator. Does she do or say anything to justify his attitude toward her? One night, he meets her on the doorstep of her home.
In my opinion, the girl has significance in symbolizing the frustration and blind pursuit of romance. It is a vivid, powerful obsession, befitting a boy on the verge of puberty, and the narrator describes how the girl's 'name was like a summons to all his foolish blood' and how his 'body was like a harp and her words and gestures. I could not call my wandering thoughts together. Mercer, the scratching of the uncle's key in the lock, and the rocking of the hallstand. Then he follows her to school, walking right behind her until she turns off to go to her school. He sometimes finds himself hopelessly alone in the darkness thinking about her, awaiting for the day she would recognize his devotion to her.
The story is told through the eyes of a little girl named, Monique, who is only nine years old. A very strange story in my opinion. The theme is tied to love and despair and the plot is about a teenager who falls in love with his friend's sister, about a boy who is dealing with a monotonous lifestyle and finds this newly shaped feeling as a novel avenue leading to undiscovered joy and fascination. I have read in How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton that Proust and Joyce met at a party and even shared a ride after that. Yes, there are people in this street, but they just stare at each other, there is less communication.
The young lady at the booth ignores him while she flirts with the men. When he reaches his destination, it is filled with darkness instead of the excitement he had greatly anticipated. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is a memory piece and is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator who is looking back at an incident that happened when he was younger. He is completely caught off-guard, and as he recounts the events, the narrator does not even remember if he said yes or no. What amazes me is how universal the theme of araby is. The young boy now lives in a house that used to be owned by a priest who had past away. This portrays the future struggles he will encounter as he starts to lose his innocence through experience.
James is a masterful storyteller, able to plumb the depths of his own life and experience to create settings and situations of great universality. The bicycle pump that the narrator finds beneath a bush as though it had been hidden there suggests that maybe the priest had a private life in which he partook in secular activities, such as biking. After all there is nothing tragic happened to whatever he has with the girl. The bleak setting of the era is enhanced by the narrator's descriptions of the young boy's surroundings. It seems Araby symbolizes the numb, dark adult world while the room is holy, romantic; but as I read more, I find they are quite the same.
Summary of the Text The story opens with the narrator's description of his home and neighborhood, in which we first see Joyce's use of the close first-person narrator to convey the full sensory range of sensory detail - sights, smells, colors, textures - that comprise the setting. The boy asks again to go to the Araby and for a little money to take along with his. We looked for escape also, a trip uptown to Lincoln Park, or take a train ride to New York City where we would gaze at the beauties on 7th Ave. The stories are also all marked by epiphanies, in which a character experiences a profound realization about life or themselves. But she hates her job, so we guess it's a tie so far.
The theme is tied to love and despair and the plot is about a teenager who falls in love with his friend's sister, about a boy who is dealing with a monotonous lifestyle and finds this newly shaped feeling as a novel avenue leading to undiscovered joy and fascinatio I inhaled fragrance and profound feelings from this short story. Not only did Eveline give all her hard earned pay to her father, she had to beg him to get the money back to buy groceries for the family, which also includes two children she's responsible for. If hope remains, one must imagine it. There can seem to be a profound insight at the end of the story only if we empathize with the boy and adopt his point of view. He envisions her as a personification of this eastern seduction and the circus itself becomes an idea, an ideal location that is enchanting and orientalised. These noises converged in a single sensation of life for me: I imagined that I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes.
The narrator waits until his uncle is halfway through his dinner before asking for money to go to the market. Joyce talks about the scenery of the neighborhood the boy is living in, while also giving a back story. First of all the boy learns that life throws many curves. The reader has access to the thoughts of the narrator as he relives his experience of what we assume is his first crush. Araby is about escaping into the world of fantasy.