What is the flashback and foreshadowing of the short story "The Araby"?I need a brief answer in less than 3 sentences.  thanks much

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mike-krupp eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Holy cow: 3 sentences!  This story is worth much more because of its intensity of emotion and its final disappointment.


I think the flashback occurs when the narrator returns to the room where the priest had died, and the narrator retreats into himself.

There are several examples of foreshadowing; you'll have to take your pick.

Early in the story the narrator says

[Mangand's sister's] dress swung as she moved her body and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side.

This is such a strong hint of the narrator's infatuation that it made me sit up and take notice.  I could imagine how the story was going to proceed.

Earlier in the same paragraph the narrator says

If my uncle was seen turning the corner we hid in the shadow . . .

Already we suspect the uncle is going to be the narrator's obstacle.

The narrator's infatuation grows rapidly, and Joyce paints it vividly.  I think a better topic for studying this story would be to examine Joyce's imagery.

Foreshadowing again: on Saturday morning the narrator reminds his uncle of the fair, the the uncle replies

"Yes, boy, I know."

So we are not surprised when the uncle returns almost too late in the evening for the fair to still be open.

I suppose that's plenty for three sentences.  I'm afraid you'll have to trim it a bit.  This story deserves much more attention.

The reference gives the text of the story.