Araby Topics for Discussion
by James Joyce

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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Identify and discuss the numerous religious symbols in the story.

2. The narrator of "Araby" moves from innocence to experience through his epiphany. What has he learned by the end of the story?

3. What is the significance of the English accents that the boy overhears at the bazaar?
4. Joyce once said that in Dubliners he intended "to write a chapter of the moral history" of Ireland, because Dublin seemed to him to be at the "centre of paralysis." What do you think he meant by that? If you were to write a chapter of the moral history of your country, which city would you choose to be at the center? Why?

5. Discuss Joyce's use of a first-person narrative in "Araby." Does the narrator reveal in any way how much time has passed since the incident related in the story?

6. Examine the scene in which the narrator describes accompanying his aunt to the market. How does this brief passage further enhance the themes in the story?