Dubliners Araby: Summary and Analysis

James Joyce

Araby: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Narrator: boy, 9–12 years old

Mangan’s sister: sister of narrator’s friend with whom the boy is in love

Narrator’s Aunt and Uncle

Summary
“Araby” is a puzzling story upon first reading because very little happens in terms of plot. The narrator, looking back upon his youth (he is approximately 12 years old), recalls a time when he was deeply in love with his neighbor, Mangan’s sister. Although we never learn the narrator’s or the sister’s name, we understand that the boy has a vivid imagination and is desperate to prove his devotion to the object of his affection.

When he hears of an exotic neighborhood fair called Araby, the...

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