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Kyle Eng 9/12/06 There are many things that can underscore the themes in a story. It could be the tone, the structure of a sentence, or it could even be the characters’ personality. However, in Araby , James Joyce does particularly well using the settings to underscore the theme of coming of age. Throughout the story, the boy finds himself coming into the real world. Everything isn’t perfect like he wants it to be. Things become gloomy. Joyce uses words to describe her settings to show things turn dark and dreary in Dublin, especially in the third paragraph: somber houses, feeble lanterns, silent street, dark muddy lanes, dark dripping gardens, odors from the ash pits, etc. Also, when the boy speaks to the lady at the bazaar, he realizes that she didn’t really “care” for him.
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Unformatted text preview: He felt like she did it out of duty and this was his epiphany. No matter how seemingly insignificant the actual details, results in an alogical, intuitive grasp of reality: a fragment of conversation or narrative description reveals -- illuminates -- the soul or essence of a person or event. He knew his stay was useless. The boy also realizes the bazaar isn’t for spirituality, but a place of sexuality and materialism. He didn’t care for Mangan’s sister, but instead wanted a chance from his dull life. That’s what he realized. Joyce used many settings to create his theme of coming of age. He used “dull” and “dreary” words. He describes the tone of voice. The boy had realized he has stepped into reality, and Joyce made it very clear using his settings....
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