Discuss the use of symbolism in each of the three stories of childhood in Dubliners: "Araby," "An Encounter," and "The Sisters." Can you find a use of symbolism that can connect all three stories?

Multiple pieces of symbolism connect the three stories of childhood in Dubliners, "Araby," "An Encounter," and "The Sisters." For example, one symbol that recurs in each story is the idea of the journey.

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In order to find a symbol that will connect the three stories about childhood in Dubliners, you will likely find it helpful to compare the themes of the stories first and then focus on the ways Joyce conveys these ideas in each of them using symbols. If you can identify similar ideas in each of the stories, you will be in a better position to think about how the symbols that recur in each story tie them together.

"The Sisters," "An Encounter," and "Araby" share many similarities beyond being narrated by children. All of them involve some sort of journey. In "The Sisters," Father O'Rourke has embarked "to a better world," according to Eliza. In "An Encounter" and "Araby," the narrators both go on more literal journeys—to the other side of Dublin and to the bazaar, respectively.

Another shared element of these three stories is the presence of antagonistic adults. In "The Sisters," the narrator experiences a dream where he sees "the heavy grey face of the paralytic" and describes how "it...

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