How does setting in "Araby" affect the story?

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In Joyce's "Araby ," the first setting is described in terms of figurative blindness and paralysis (the street is a dead end, etc.)  This reflects the young narrator's emotional and mental and spiritual states.  He is blinded by illusion concerning Mangan's sister, his relationship with her, and the connection between the religious and the secular.  He sees himself as a religious hero, the girl as the embodiment of the Virgin Mary, and their relationship as something holy.  He is...

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