Naturalism contains the view that man if often controlled by circumstances he cannot control. In "Araby", there are three obstacles the narrator must overcome over which he has little control. The first is his uncle's lateness. The narrator has no control over his uncle and is afraid he will never get to the bazaar. Secondly, the train is delayed, which makes the narrator even more nervous. To make matters worse, once the narrator reacher the bazaar, he can't find a cheap entrance. Once he finally gets into the bazaar, it is closing and the place he believed would be exotic turns out to be rather tawdry. Thus, his plan to get Mangan's sister a wonderful present is constantly impeded by circumstances he cannot control.