Araby - Ali 1 Nasir Ali Mr. Spreckels English 1302-901 25...

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Ali 1 Nasir Ali LWP 290 Mr. Spreckels English 1302-901 25 June, 2008 Analysis of Araby James Joyce is one of the most eminent authors of the twentieth century. In the Critical Survey of Short Fiction, O’Brien mentioned that “James Joyce’s name is synonymous with twentieth century fiction, to a revolution in which he devoted himself with remarkable single- mindedness” (1290). He was not only a novelist but also a gifted poet, dramatist and critic. James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland on February 2, 1882. It wasn’t until 1914 that he made his first publication, Dubliner . Dubliner is a collection of twelve short stories describing the culture, native language and the society of Dublin (O’Brien 1293). In the short story, "Araby", Joyce illustrates how the city life and its inhabitants have destroyed this young boy's life and hopes and have turned them into isolation, shaping the boy into the inept narrator that he is. The story begins as the boy describes his neighborhood. Immediately, a feeling of isolation exists. The street that the boy lives on is a dead-end; nowhere to go. Furthermore, he feels unnoticed by the houses on his street. Their "brown imperturbable faces” make him feel excluded from the “decent lives within them” (Joyce 290). Every detail of his neighborhood seems as if it is designed to make him feel apart from others. The boy's house, like the street he lives on, is filled with decay. It is suffocating and "musty from having been long enclosed" (290). It is difficult for him to establish any sort of connection to it. Even the history of the house
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Ali 2 feels unkind. The house's previous tenant, a priest, had died. “The boy quietly underscores the loneliness of the churchman by mentioning that he had no one to leave his worldly possessions to except institutions and his sister" (Coulthard 2). It was as if he was trying to insure the boy's boredom and isolation. The only thing of interest that the boy can find is a bicycle-pump, which is rusty and rendered unfit to play with. Even the "wild" garden is gloomy and unaffected, containing but a lone apple tree "and a few straggling bushes" (Joyce 290). It is hardly the sort of yard that a young boy would prefer to play on. His home and neighborhood are not the only sources of the boy's animosity. The weather
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