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What exactly is the epiphany in "Araby"?

James Joyce is famous for creating characters who undergo an epiphany—a sudden moment of insight—and the narrator of "Araby" is one of his best examples At the end of the story, the boy overhears a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2008 1:19 pm UTC

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In "Araby," what does the Araby bazaar symbolize or represent to the narrator?    

The bazaar first becomes a symbol of the exotic and romantic; later it represents his disillusions. The young boy, who acts as the narrator of James Joyce's story, becomes infatuated with the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2017 9:32 am UTC

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Interpret the closing passage in "Araby."

"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...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2009 5:00 pm UTC

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What does Araby symbolize for the protagonist and what is he trying to achieve?

To the narrator, Araby symbolizes the beauty, mystery, and romance he longs for in his life. He lives in a dreary house on a shabby dead-end street. He escapes the drabness around him by reading a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2009 11:49 am UTC

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What is the significance and importance of the quote, "Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven...

This final line of the short story lets us know that the narrator understands that, no matter how important his desires are to him, the world will not change for him or make way for his goals. The...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016 3:45 pm UTC

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In "Araby," what does the sentence "I imagined that I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes" indicate about...

This sentence shows that the narrator has an idealized and spiritualized view of romantic love. A chalice has several associations. First, it alludes to Catholicism. A chalice is a sacred vessel...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 2:12 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "Araby"?

“Araby” is set in Dublin, Ireland in various places around the city. At the onset of the story, the boy is on the street where he lives, North Richmond Street. He frequently meets his friends and...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 1:57 am UTC

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What are some biblical allusions and their connections in James Joyce's "Araby"?

To add to the previous post, Joyce describes a garden with an apple tree at its center. This is where the children--including the narrator--play. This reference ties in nicely to the Garden of...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010 11:27 am UTC

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 Where is the "epiphany" in James Joyce's "Araby"?

An epiphany refers to a sudden revelation or insight, a moment of vision. In James Joyce’s “Araby,” however, the lovestruck narrator experiences a disappointment so intense and overwhelming that it...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 4:58 am UTC

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Can someone please tell me what is the setting of "Araby"?

Just to set the record straight so you don't leave this page believing a misconception about James Joyce, he was Irish, not English as I think coachingcorner writes. He is a cornerstone of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2010 6:13 am UTC

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What happens at the end of "Araby" when the boy is at the bazaar?

Towards the beginning of the story, the young narrator has a brief conversation with Mangan's sister, who tells him that she cannot make it to the Araby bazaar. The narrator is infatuated with...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 11:45 pm UTC

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Araby Theme

Another theme revolves around religion and faith. The narrator has grown up Catholic, and has been sternly instructed in the dogma of this religion. He associates his life with the images and...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2007 10:38 am UTC

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Evaluate the culture presented in "Araby." What details do you notice that show this story is not taking place in the...

"Araby" reveals many details of life in Ireland that show the differences between it and the United States. As others have noted, the Roman Catholic church plays a large role in the life of this...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020 7:55 pm UTC

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In "Araby", what is the significance of the uncle quoting "The Arab's Farewell to His Steed"?

The uncle's reciting of the poem can be taken a number of ways. First, his recitation of the poem is an indication of his absentmindedness. He can't seem to remember (or attach any importance to)...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020 1:37 pm UTC

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In "Araby," what epiphany has the boy experienced by the end of the story?

Throughout the story, the narrator is enamored of Mangan's sister. He watches for her through the mostly-drawn blinds, waiting until she appears on her doorstep, and then he runs "to the hall,...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 1:01 pm UTC

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In James Joyce's "Araby," I need to find a simile, hyperbole and an understatement.

James Joyce uses a number of literary devices in his short story, "Araby." A simile is the comparison of two dissimilar things that share similar characteristics, using "like" or "as." An example...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 4:22 am UTC

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What is the central conflict in "Araby"?

One could argue that the central conflict in “Araby” is between fantasy and reality. The unnamed narrator, a young boy living in a shabby-genteel part of Dublin, wants to escape from his everyday...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2020 10:33 am UTC

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What is the point of view in the story "Araby" by James Joyce? I get that he was infatuated with his neighboring...

Joyce uses a first person narrative point of view in "Araby" to tell the story of a boy who learns that his romantic feelings for a girl are illusory. The boy's perspective is mirrored by his...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 9:33 pm UTC

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What are the rising action, climax, and resolution in "Araby"?

In this story's rising action, we are introduced to the young boy and his life in Dublin, as well as is his intense emotions for Mangan's sister, the girl he wishes to impress. As the story...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 4:12 am UTC

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Why is Mangan's sister not given a name in the short story "Araby"?

Mangan's sister is the object of the narrator's affection and is unaware of the narrator's infatuation with her. She is associated with the Virgin Mary in the narrator's mind and is the focus of...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017 12:55 pm UTC

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What does Mangan's sister represent to the narrator in "Araby" by James Joyce?

To the narrator of "Araby," Mangan's sister represents romance and beauty. One might even call her his ideal of beauty, since he contemplates every aspect of her appearance and movement with a...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020 12:08 pm UTC

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What is the mood/atmosphere in this short story?

James Joyce's "Araby" depicts a solemn, stale atmosphere. The street where the narrator and his friends play is a blind, or a dead end. The houses are "brown," with "imperturbable faces," the...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011 9:37 am UTC

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In "Araby," how would you describe the relationship between the narrator and Mangan's sister?

One of the key facts you need to realise about the relationship between the narrator and Mangan's sister is that it is almost non-existent. Remember that we never know her name, she is only...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 1:48 pm UTC

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What are the conflicts of the main character in the story "Araby"?

The conflicts in the boy of "Araby" arise between his fantasy and reality. Discontent in his "brown" neighborhood, in his home that once belonged to a dead priest, living with his uncle and aunt,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2009 3:27 am UTC

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Why does the protagonist in Araby feel "driven and derided by vanity?

In James Joyce's short story "Araby," which appears in his collection Dubliners, the young narrator is captivated by the sister of Mangan; he watches the girl from his window and follows her...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 9:20 pm UTC

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In Joyce's "Araby," describe some literary elements that are present. Please provide examples.      

In James Joyce's short story, "Araby," there are almost countless numbers of literary devices/elements used. The first device is found at the beginning. Joyce employs personification, which is when...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2011 8:22 am UTC

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How does setting in "Araby" affect the story?

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...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010 4:15 am UTC

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In "Araby", what does the fence Mangan's sister stands behind symbolize?

Since the boy idealizes Mangan's sister, the fence may symbolize the division between reality and the infatuated illusion of the boy in "Araby." Or if Mangan's sister came out on the doorstep to...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2009 4:52 am UTC

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What is the theme of "Araby" by James Joyce?

Taken from James Joyce's Dubliners, "Araby" tells a coming of age story, following a young boy who is infatuated with a girl, referred to in the story as Mangan's sister. I don't think any story...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 5:54 am UTC

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In Araby by James Joyce, define the narrator's feeling for Mangan's sister. To what extent is she the cause of those...

Araby by James Joyce is one of the short stories from the Dubliners series in which Joyce explores various life stages or potentially transformative events which stand to change the lives or...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2014 12:07 pm UTC

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How old is the narrator of "Araby" when he tells the story?

We are not told the exact age of the boy who narrates "Araby," but the story indicates he is at the cusp of a transition from boyhood to adolescence. He goes to school, he plays games with the...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2017 10:21 am UTC

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How is the boy in James Joyce's short story "Araby" characterized?

The boy in James Joyce’s short story “Araby” is characterized in a number of different ways, including the following: He grows up in relatively poor and unpromising circumstances, but he does not...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2011 12:00 pm UTC

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What is the narrator's point of view in "Araby" by James Joyce?

The narrator of "Araby" is written with a first-person perspective. The boy in "Araby" is a singular, first-person narrator. He tells the story from only his perspective, rather than including the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017 3:32 pm UTC

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In "Araby," how does the boy feel about the bazaar before he goes there? And what are his feelings after...

Prior to going to the bazaar, the narrator is excited. He promised the young girl he thinks he loves that he would buy her something if he went to the bazaar. This only intensifies his feelings of...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2007 12:40 pm UTC

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How does the opening paragraph of "Araby" set the tone for the story?

The first paragraph is as follows: North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2018 2:33 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the title of the story "Araby" by James Joyce?

Its significance lies in the vision of an exotic world it conjures up for the story's young protagonist. This strange, exciting bazaar is suggestive of the mystical East, a far-off land full of...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018 7:39 am UTC

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What is the significance of the narrator's interaction with his uncle in the story "Araby" by James Joyce?

The dynamic between the narrator and his uncle in James Joyce's "Araby" is an interesting one, although it's touched on briefly. In the story, the narrator anxiously waits for his uncle to return...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 3:55 pm UTC

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Araby Symbolism

In "Araby," Joyce employs much religious symbolism to bring one of his major themes to fruition: the incongruity of the secular and the sacred. The entire story is a religious quest revolving...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2011 11:45 am UTC

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What does "Araby" symbolize to the boy, and how is the conflict of the story resolved when he goes there?

The narrator in "Araby" conflates (combines) his religious passion with his emerging romantic and sexual desires. Note that in the beginning of the story, he shows his interest in texts related to...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2014 5:02 pm UTC

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In "Araby," why do you think the dead priest appears in the story?

The dead priest makes just two appearances in James Joyce's short story, "Araby." The first appearance is in the second paragraph, where Joyce establishes the setting, specifically of the...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 11:38 am UTC

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In Joyce's story, what is "Araby" and who takes the boy there?

The first words addressed to the narrator of this story by Mangan's sister, the object of his distant affections, are a query as to whether he is "going to Araby." Araby, she explains "would be a...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 8:27 am UTC

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Please explain the following quote: "I imagined that I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes. Her name...

The narrator believed himself to be deeply in love with his friend Mangan's sister. He describes her as being bathed in light, literally, even when all around her seems dark. He had not even spoken...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019 9:21 pm UTC

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What is the cause of the boy's late arrival at Araby?

The boy's late arrival at the bazaar called "Araby" is his uncle's fault. The boy can't leave for the bazaar until he gets some money. The adults in the story cannot understand the importance of...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2016 1:04 pm UTC

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How does the author foreshadow the final discovery in "Araby"?

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity,and my eyes burned with anguish and anger. Thus ends James Joyce's "Araby." The boy's epiphany involves his...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 8:38 pm UTC

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How is the setting of James Joyce's story "Araby" related to the boy's state of mind?

The boy's home is on a "quiet street" where the houses all have "brown imperturbable faces." The air inside is "musty," and one room is "littered with old useless papers." A priest, the previous...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 10:17 pm UTC

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Analyze the role of Mangan's sister in "Araby."

The two occasions that Mangan's sister is involved in this narrative both describe her as being surrounded by some kind of angelic aura that clearly shows the narrator's feelings about her and how...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 6:38 pm UTC

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Identify the protagonist and antagonist, and their relationship to the story's main conflict in James Joyce's short...

[Please note that eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Additional questions should be posted separately.] In James Joyce's short story, "Araby," the protagonist...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 2:09 pm UTC

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In the story "Araby" how does the physical description of Mangan's sister relate to the boy's state of mind?

First of all, let us consider how the novel describes Mangan's sister, and the curiously nebulous and undefined words that are used. If we have a look at her first appearance, it is hard not to be...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 6:28 pm UTC

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In "Araby," what doesn't the narrator buy for Mangan's sister? 

The young narrator, who lives a dull life in Dublin, dreams of the bazaar called Araby. The bazaar conflates or merges in his imagination with Mangan's sister, on whom he has a crush. Both...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2018 9:42 pm UTC

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Araby Definition

"Araby" is actually a very clever title for this tale that focuses so much on the epiphany of the narrator at the end and how he dispenses with his romantic notions and exchanges them for a bitter,...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2011 10:26 pm UTC

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