Araby Questions and Answers
by James Joyce

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Why did Joyce choose a naïve narrator for "Araby"?  

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James Joyce's short story, "Araby," is a tale of moving from the innocence of youth to a more nuanced, more experienced understanding of reality. The naiveté of the narrator in the story allows us to see, through him, the simple way in which he views not only his infatuation, but the world as well, and how that simple view erodes away during his trip to the bazaar.

It is obvious from the beginning of the story that the narrator is not accustomed to the feelings that he is having for...

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