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In James Joyces Araby an arcane glimpse into the life of a young boy is revealed as he passes from a state of naivete into cognizance of his life We watch as he leads himself through a fateful-ending journey in which he realizes his disillusionment about love adults and the world he lives in The boy is a representative of each of us as we mature in our dark and dirty world and discontinue looking at life through rose-colored glass Joyce incorporates imagery of light and dark in the boys journey to reveal how we like the boy are disillusioned by the light and upon discovery of the true darkness of our world our innocence is lost Joyce begins the story by depicting the nave life that we as humans develop our childhood in By exposing the gloomy and dismal environment that the boy resides in we begin to perceive the narrow-mindedness that we initially have about our own world The dark surroundings were a comfortable setting to the boy because it was what he had grown accustomed to and familiar with He and his friends played in the dark dripping gardens 106 along the dark muddy lanes 106 and in the towns shadows with little fear The darkness and its shadows represent the people of the town who have already experienced the disillusionment The boys who are surrounded by the shades of the people were very much alive and their youth and glow 106 tell us that their souls had not yet been suppressed by the ways of the world This disillusionment is a common deception that a person must face in his life before they awaken to the realization that there is more to his life than what meets the eye In Araby the boy begins to open to the idea that there might be more than what is in his little world when he caught sight of the sister of his friend
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