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In James Joyces Araby various spaces are used to symbolize guilt lust and sex The narrators desire to venture from home in order to attend a Bazaar Araby parallel his desire have his first sexual experience The narrators home is a place of religious type guilt and secret lust as represented by the artifacts of a dead but sexed priest who once lived in the house As Araby is the farthest point from home to which the narrator ventures in the story it comes to represent the sexual act itself the farthest point from the abstinance that his house both encourages and makes desireful All sexual actions within the house are masturbatory and those just outside of it futile and un-fulfilling as their proximity to the housebazaar allow them to be At the end of the Bazaar the narrator feels the shame and disappointment of an unfulfilling and overly anticipated first sexual experience He has no choice after the act but to return home where guilt awaits him The first page of the story describes the house and the street in which the narrator lives The narrator explains that the former tenant a priest had died in the back drawing room Air musty from having been long enclosed hung in all the rooms29 The priest makes his presence known in the house through a mustiness and some books which are unusually sexual for a priest footnote Though the house has a feeling of being closed in the street is blind and quiet the garden is described as being Eden-like in its wildness it contained a central apple-tree and a few straggling bushes under one of which I found the late tenants rusty bicycle pump29 The priest leaves a remnant of himself again this time a fallic tool burried among the bushes of the unkempt yard Even the space just outside of the house allows for certain sexuality which is squelched upon entering Both the presence
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