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Where do we find the use of epiphany in "Araby"?

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The epiphany was popularized by James Joyce, an early twentieth-century writer from Dublin, Ireland, and it refers to the point in a literary text when a character has a sudden realization or insight that affects his understand in some significant way.  In this story, the narrator—an adult man reflecting on a memorable childhood experience—pursues his first real crush, his friend Mangan's sister.  

When you read the story, you'll notice that Mangan's sister is always referenced with some description of light.  When she goes outside to call her brother in to dinner, "her figure [was] defined by the light from the half-opened door."  The narrator says that "Her image accompanied [him] even in places the most hostile to romance.  We walked through the flaring streets [...]."  When he thinks of her, he seems to notice, even in the midst of the ugly street with the drunkards and bargaining merchants, the lights flaring—not the ugliness of the setting.  When he finally speaks to...

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