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What are some general allusions in "Araby"?

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kylie201 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2008 at 11:31 AM via web

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What are some general allusions in "Araby"?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 15, 2008 at 12:17 PM (Answer #1)

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The major allusion in "Araby" is to the Fall of Man or in literary language, "loss of innocence. A young boys promises to buy a girl something valuable from a bazaar called "Araby". When he gets to the bazaar, he finds its an ugly place and he is disappointed in himself and realizes the girl probably never cared for him in the first place. His eyes fill with tears as it dawns on him that he's made all this effort for nothing. One Biblical allusion at the bazaar refers to two jars standing by a booth. Joyce compares the jars to "Eastern guards". This is an allusion to Genesis 3:24 when God chases Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and places two Cherubim at the east end of the garden so no one can get back in.In other words, the young boy cannot go back to his childish dreams. Another allusion begins in the first sentence when he calls the street the boy lives on "blind". Obviously, it's some kind of dead-end street, which has its own connotations. But the world "blind" also suggests many other aspects of the boys life--from being "blind" the the girl's lack of affection to the "blind" way he sees reality. There are many different ways of interpreting the "blind" street, which is part of the fun of reading the story.

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