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As I read Araby by James Joyce the shadows encompassing the boys life crept up on me The story is viewed through the eyes of an adult male who is reflecting on his childhood memories of the young inexperienced adolescent he once was The almost lifeless appearance of the surroundings in which the story takes place creates a suppression of the soul His outlook is very dismal except for the luminous potential of a first romance However the lack of knowledge about his situation with his friends sister and the lack of adult guidance in the matters concerning love leads him down a path of disappointment and anger To get an idea where the boys disappointment and anger are coming from look at the circumstances which have created his basic knowledge of life It seems he has no guidance from adults when it comes to the facts of life because his uncle and aunt do not seem to enforce the basics of the guardian teaching the young This passage My eyes were often full of tears I could not tell why and at times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom shows his tender age that has not allowed him to have the life experience needed to deal with the many questions welling up in his mind and the feelings welling up in his body If the feeling he has for his friends sister is factored in this young mans grasp on lifes meaning is severely weakened And because of this once again the felling of anger and hurt pour through his body In his own glorification of what he expects the bazaar to be like the boy sets himself up for even more anguish When he finally enters the magical bazaar he finds the lights being turned out and the money being counted The young man is faced with the reality that the bazaar is not the
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