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How do you write a character sketch for "Araby" by James Joyce? How do you write a character sketch for "Araby" by James Joyce?

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Underscoring what has been stated in post #6, a consideration of the interactions of the main character with the other characters and other influences upon him are all important in a character sketch. In "Araby," the development of character revolves around the young man's progression from illusion--the influence of the romantic tales left behind by a priest causes him to confusion infatuation with religious fervor-- to dark and cold reality and his epiphany in which he experiences his disillusionment.

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Of course, it also depends on the character you want to focus on. To me, it is worth paying attention to the character of Mangan's sister as well and considering how she fits in to the change or development of the narrator. You will want to think how she is described from the narrator's point of view and in particular what images are associated with her and how this fits in with the narrator's naivety and romantic notions. Clearly Mangan's sister is a minor character in this short...

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The young boy in the short story "Araby" goes from an illusion of infatuation to the harsh reality of "reality" as he discovers that perhaps Mangan's sister might not have even spoke to him. he overhears the clerks talk of their "tawdry wares" and realizes that he was mistaken in his beliefs.

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Thanks a lot for a simply stated answer. You really helped me.

 

tealseal | Student

can you send me another answer with simple english.  I'm grade 9 only.  thanks