Interpret the closing passage in "Araby."

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"Araby" ends with this passage:

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.

The narrator speaks these words as he leaves the bazaar after failing to find a gift for Mangan's sister that will impress her and win her love and approval. The passage expresses his disillusionment and the end of his dreams. The bazaar, Araby, had lived in the narrator's mind as a...

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The narrator reflects on his own vanity in the story's final sentence; this comes about through his recognition that the fantasy of romance cannot be purchased with objects, cheap or otherwise, and that love is something that transcends the material.  More broadly, Joyce paraodies the quest-romance tradition which imagines the ideal or scared embodied in an object; implicitly, the story rejects the notion that the point of the quest for the ideal can be fulfilled in life or art.

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