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Alonso 1 Enc 1102 Dr. Schachel Araby theme September 8, 2009 Alienation and Loneliness The themes of alienation and loneliness manifest themselves in the story Araby, this is shown, for the narrator never tells anyone about his feelings towards Mangan’s sister. When the narrator becomes infatuated with her after he sees her on Mangan’s porch he isolates himself from his friends and family. One quote that shows this is when the narrator says, “From the front window I saw my companions playing below in the street. Their cries reached me weakened and indistinct and, leaning my forehead against the cold glass, I looked over at the dark house where she lived.” The narrator is in a dark cold room alone contemplating on the house where Mangan’s sister lives almost as though hypnotized by her. The narrator will go to such lengths as to exclude himself from playing with his friends so that he may go to Araby as soon as his uncle
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Unformatted text preview: gets home from work. He isolates himself in order to follow through with what he promised his love. Isolation is also seen when he goes to the back drawling room where he goes to think about her. “It was a dark rainy evening and there was no sound in the house.” The darkness is seen as a feeling of loneliness and isolation as well as the absence of sound creating a place of complete dedication and devotion to Mangan’s sister, almost like the silence at a church or place of worship. The theme of alienation and loneliness is seen all the way to the end of the story, this is exemplified when he is walking out of Araby and he looks up into the darkness. The narrator realizes how foolish he was, and his anger is intensified by his feeling of isolation that leads to a Alonso 2 concluding feeling of loneliness when he realizes that because he has nothing to give to Mangan’s sister she might not want to be with him....
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