In the final sentence of the story, the young protagonist has an epiphany. An epiphany is a moment of revelation or insight, in which a person realizes a truth in a sudden flash.
Joyce pioneered the epiphany, which is part of his modernist literary project of telling stories that express the internal, psychological state of a protagonist. In a traditional short story, a resolution is outward: a person arrives at their destination after a harrowing journey, an enemy is walled up in a catacomb, or a mystery is a solved. In Joyce's short stories, the end comes—often suddenly—when the main character reaches a moment of inner realization.
In "Araby ," the narrator, a young adolescent boy, has been caught in a romantic haze of believing himself in love with Mangan's sister and with his dream of buying her a gift at the bazaar call Araby. The narrator uses this dream to separate himself from the dull, ordinary world of everyday Dublin life. He fantasizes of escape to the better, more exotic...
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