Which statement best summarizes the theme of James Joyce's "Araby"?  a. Confusion eventually leads to depression  b. Dreams often end in disillusionment c. Hatred and love are two sidess of the...

Which statement best summarizes the theme of James Joyce's "Araby"?

 

a. Confusion eventually leads to depression

 b. Dreams often end in disillusionment

c. Hatred and love are two sidess of the same coin

d. Despair usually gives way to hope

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B- Dreams often end in disillusionment.

The teen-aged narrator, influenced by the Romantic novel The Abbot by Walter Scott as well as his own youthful infatuation and confusion of his Catholic idealism with romance, perceives his friend's sister as a the fair maiden for whom he pursues a "holy grail."  When, for instance, he carries the groceries for his mother, he imagines himself bearing his "chalice through a throng of foes," intermingling his religious fervor with his romantic imaginings. With the aura of the exotic, the bazaar promises to be the ideal rendez-vous for narrator with Mangan's sister.

However, when he arrives at the bazaar at is closing, the narrator finds only common people engaged in mere trite conversation, the young man has an epiphany in which he realistically perceives the bazaar as nothing but a commercial spot to purchase things, and his idealization of Mangan's sister as mere dream:

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger. 

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