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 trite conversation between an English girl working at the bazaar and two young men, and he suddenly realizes that he has been...
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Moment of sudden realization of the true meaning of a situation, person or object... Araby focuses on a boy's sudden transition from the illusions of childhood to the insights of maturity. The boy now sees himself clearly and realizes that his romantic feelings for Mangan's sister are a delusion. The chat among the 3 young people reveals to the boy that his feelings for Mangan's sister and all his romantic illusions are nothing but a fib. Up to this point, the boy has regarded the bazaar(and everything having to do with Mangan's sister) as holy and exotic but the reality of the bazaar falls short of the boy's high expectations.