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Setting of "Araby"

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Michelle Callaham English 102 Mr. Asbill 17 March 2005 Setting of "Araby" In James Joyce's "Araby," the narrator reminisces about his youthful hopes and desires for Mangan's older sister. He then becomes possessed and controlled by his passion for her. He promises her that he will go to the bazaar and buy her something. The setting of the story provides the readers with an insight on the young boy's mixed emotions. The author uses the setting to provide essential and vital facts to help the reader discover important details. These details are evident through the story's atmosphere, the boy's love for Mangan's sister, and his trip to the bazaar. In the first sentence of the story, the setting is created through atmosphere. North Richmond Street is introduced as a blind and quiet place. ...read more.


When the narrator speaks of Mangan's sister, he uses light. He gives her a heavenly and joyful presence when he speaks of her. "The light from the lamp opposite our door caught the white curve of her neck, lit up her hair that rested there and falling, lit up the hand upon the railing" (296, paragraph 9). These words show how the boy admires the girl from the entrance of the house. "I had never spoken to her, except for a few casual words, and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood" (295, paragraph 4). This description of his love for his friend's sister is filled with observations that he is shy and he will not talk to the girl whom he admires. As he is shopping with his aunt and surrounded by drunken men, street singers, laborers, and bargaining women in the market, the girl is still on his mind. ...read more.


The boy is shocked as he looks around. He is not struck by a romantic setting and only sees closed stalls and darkness. The boy grows angry and frustrated. The While looking around at the bazaar, the boy notices the changing position of a vase. This change suggests that the boy's feelings toward Mangan's sister will do the same. After walking around awhile, the boy finally realizes that his trip to the bazaar was useless and life is not what he had dreamed it to be. Throughout the story, setting provides facts that are beneficial to a reader so that they will be able to understand the story, the story's atmosphere, the young boy's feelings, and the purpose of his trip to the bazaar. The narrator of the story is older and more mature as he tells the story. He finally realizes that his experiences and his love for Mangan's sister iswas all part of growing up. ?? ?? ?? ?? Callaham 1 ...read more.

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