What would be a good thesis statement for a short story analysis of "Araby" by James Joyce?

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James Joyce's characters often experience some kind of epiphany near the end of his stories, and the narrator of "Araby" is no exception. Although the narrator seems, now, to be an adult, he is recalling his first childhood experience with love. Hoping to impress Mangan's sister, the girl with whom he feels himself to be in love, he longs to go to the Araby bazaar to purchase some exotic gift for her.

However, before he can get there, he must pass what feels like an interminable week of drudgery in school; then, on the night itself, his uncle is late to come home and wants to discuss poetry over dinner before giving the boy the money to go. When he finally gets the money, the train runs on an "intolerable delay" and merely "crept" once it does get moving. Finally, upon arriving, the boy cannot find a cheap entrance, and when he does get in, he sees that there is nothing more exotic to purchase than "porcelain vases and flowered tea-sets." He feels delay after delay and disappointment...

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