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what does the fence in araby symbolize?

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tpierson | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2012 at 4:30 AM via web

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what does the fence in araby symbolize?

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tisjay | College Teacher | Honors

Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM (Answer #1)

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"Araby' is a coming of age tale. It marks a stage in the development of a young adolescent boy. Araby itself, is the name of a fair which the young hero wants to visit and which he imbues with significance, as the place where he would find the right "present" for the young girl that he has crush on, which would transform him into a romantic hero. However, after having overcome several obstacles, when he finally arrives at the fair, he encounters a fence which prevents him from entering easily. The fence thus becomes symbolic of the difficulties involved in making the transition from adolescence to maturity.

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