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Burak Sahin Sahin 1 English 212 Professor Newman EPIPHANY IN ARABY AND THE DEAD The readings Araby and The Dead are two stories from the story collection called The Dubliners written by James Joyce The first story Araby revolves around a boys romantic fantasies and love and ends up with the boys sudden realization of the futility of his fantasies Similar to the situation of the boy in Araby a young married literature teacher Gabriel Conroy suddenly realizes how empty his thoughts had been and in the end of The Dead Both of these characters experience a sudden moment of epiphany which in the end might change their points of view of life The first story Araby starts with a brief description of the young boys neighborhood and surroundings which are expounded as being blind and quiet except at the hour when the Christian Brothers School set the boys free Joyce 2236 The boy lives in a gloomy house where a priest had died The drawing room is filled with musty air the kitchen is littered with useless papers and the books are yellow There is also a rusty bicycle pump in the wild garden behind the house Besides these hoarse and shivering elements of the setting of the story the story takes place in winter where the weather is mostly cold and dark These depressing surroundings with the aid of the boys loneliness his dependence on his relatives who are his uncle and aunt and his youngness all shape up and contribute to his situation In this isolated cold and dark atmosphere the boys darkened inside is suddenly illuminated by a girls appearance in the story This girl is the sister of one of his friends Mangan and the boy crosses from his unexciting dark inner world to a brighter world Sahin 2 full of fantasies after he sees
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