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James Joyces Dubliners is a fearlessly candid portrayal of his native city providing his readers a glimpse of a dear dirty Dublin and to his countrymen one good look at themselves Joyces collection of stories virtually chronicling the stages of maturation within a human life depicts the Dubliners as powerless individuals who often contemplate escape but are chained to a paralyzed Dublin Through Araby Eveline and The Boarding House and the individual psychological spiritual and moral paralyses their characters face we find that it is society and its social mores which imprison and mold the Dubliners into what they should be As the chronological-periods-of-human-life structure of Joyces collection and reoccurring paralysis pattern suggests this societal paralysis transcends and encompasses all deeming escape unlikely Joyces Araby is one of his initial short stories within the progression of Dubliners and logically begins with a younger protagonist The nameless young narrator is filled with romantic aspirations for a girl he meets destined to woo her with some splendorous gift from the upcoming bazaar Araby Quickly however we experience through the boy the defined restrictions imposed upon him Primarily we find that the bazaar is a rather gaudy representation of his dream He overhears the conversation among some of the vendors who are ordinary English women and the commonplace nature of their talk reminds the boy that regardless of the bazaar he is still in Dublin Observing me the young lady came over and asked me did I wish to buy anything The tone of her voice was not encouraging she seemed to have spoken to me out of a sense of duty 23 Furthermore although the boy arrives too late to buy anything he describes his stay as useless and only to makeShhisShinterest in her the vendor wares seem the more real23 he cannot afford anything offered From his modest housing condition and the small sum of money his uncle gives him we know that their financial situation
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