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Are there any biblical references or allusions in "Araby"? If so, what are they?

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froot-loops | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2008 at 6:50 AM via web

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Are there any biblical references or allusions in "Araby"? If so, what are they?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 12, 2008 at 8:20 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many examples of Christian allusions in "Araby." Some are explicit, and open. For example, see the first line, which mentions the "Christian Brothers" school. A priest used to live in the house, and some of the books on the shelf are Christian, such as " The Devout Communicant." There are prayers, piety, churches, and references to god. Now, as far as specific biblical references, yes, there are some, but they are more imagistic. Look at the garden, and the wild apple tree; it alludes to the tree in the garden of Eden.

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