In the opening of the story, James Joyce carefully described the protagonists neighborhood and surroundings in two paragraphs. As he used real names like North Richmond Street and Christian brothers School, thus by reading the first paragraph, readers are able to figure out a map of the community in which the protagonist lived. Then he went on to lead us to the late priests drawing room. The detailed description of the room appealed to our senses. Following the footsteps of the protagonist, the readers can smell the musty air of the room, see the littered kitchen, touch the curl and damp books found in the kitchen. This realistic description enables the reader to identify with the characters of the story.
The first two paragraphs establish a gray still atmosphere, which was common to Dublins neighborhoods these days. The boy is presented to us as a curios boy that discovers one detail after the other in his new house (the rusted bicycle pump, the books...); He is looking for something in his life. The fact he liked one book over the other because his pages were yellow imply to us he is not mature enough yet to see things under the surface but only interested of the things above.
The street he lives in is a blind street. This also implies of the protagonists blindness that is being enlightened at...