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Critical Analysis of James Joyces Araby Araby by James Joyce is a story about a boys innocent love and a bitter experience as a result The town he lives in has seemingly nice houses but they are becoming uninhabited and ruinous His neighbors are strongly religious but they are also falsely pious His first love he found is a girl in his neighborhood who attends a convent He visits Araby to buy something for her but realizes upon arriving that the bazaar is nothing like what he imagined it is dirty and tawdry He as a result gets disappointed and even feels anger Throughout the story Joyce reveals that there is a certain gap between the ideal and the real In spite of the fact that the boy adores the girl he rarely speaks with her As he becomes sensually aware of her he hardly can concentrate on study However his aunt and uncle with who he lives never notice his struggle From these factors the boys character can be explained as shy innocent and isolated Motivated by a short conversation with her he visits Araby Accordingly it can be said that he is blind with love for the neighbor Significantly he has not seen the incompatibility between the imagined innocent beauty and the cold hard fact until he witnesses the real state of Araby This heightened awareness cures him of his blind parochial attitude Joyces story is spoken by the first person viewpoint of the boy himself of years after As a grown man he reminisces the bitter experience ironically He equates this blindness that he experienced with his childishness For example he recalls the girls name as a summons to all my foolish blood and says that the passionate feelings he had for her did waste my waking and sleeping By applying this style of narration Joyce clearly conveys that there is a certain gap between the ideal and the real
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