James Joyce's Dubliners - Analysis of Araby Joyce

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In James Joyce's short story "Araby," several different micro-cosms are

evident. The story demonstrates adolescence, maturity, and public life in Dublin

at that time. As the reader, you learn how this city has grown to destroy this

young boy's life and hopes, and create the person that he is as a narrator.


In "Araby," the "mature narrator and not the naive boy is the story's

protagonist."(Coulthard) Throughout the story this is easily shown, especially

when it refers to "the hour when the Christian Brothers' school set the boys

free."(Joyce 2112) Although they were freed, they were placed into an "equally

grim world, where not even play brought pleasure."(Coulthard) Joyce demonstrates

this culture by showing a boy's love for a girl throughout the story. This young

boy, is completely mystified by this girl, but at the end, the girl is replaced

by the girl with an "English accent" attending the booth at the bazaar. This

shows the power and persuasiveness that England has at that time over Dublin.



The antagonist in this story, which can easily be determined is the

culture and life in Dublin. This has a great effect on the boy and the rest of

the people from this city. Dublin is referred to as the "center of

paralyses,"(Internet) and "indeed sterile."(Joyce) This plays a huge role in the

forming of this boy's life, where there is no fun. ...