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What are some biblical references found in Araby?  

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cheerchik | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:10 AM via web

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What are some biblical references found in Araby?

 

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jihyunkim67 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Araby, which comes from the word Arabia is an archaic word. It represents some time of a mystical world found in the archaic fantasy tales. The protagonist goes on a quest to the Araby to find a 'chalice' which, in biblical sense, represents the vessel which Jesus used at the Last Supper. The chalice is something sacred and precious that the protagonist goes on a quest to obtain the treasure. As most adventurers do, he is soon met with multiple obstacles to overcome to complete his journey and in Araby, these obstacles are represented by the uncle, train and the confusion with the entrance. This journey to find the chalice represents the Holy Grail and the Crusade in a sense to depict the narrator's acquirement of knowledge and maturity.

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bayanjk | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM (Answer #2)

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A biblical reference in Araby can be when the boy states: "But my body was like a harp and her words and geastures were like fingers running upod the wires." The instrument harp is mentioned in the bible and is used as an instrument to praise the Lord.

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