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In Araby the narrator is a young boy whose life up to this point has been simple and happy The monotony of his life nurtures his childhood happiness and innocence and from this state the boy is introduced to Joyces version of reality that has been lurking before his eyes his entire life Through hours spent at play on North Richmond Street outside his house our narrator is conditioned into a blissful state and a hidden crush on his friends sister extends this bliss into ecstasy Our narrator begins by describing the setting in which he lives In order to correlate the setting and Joyces subtextual meaning it will be described later in the essay Being a modernist writer Joyce writes with a pessimistic undertone that modernists see as the inevitable end for everyone In Araby he uses a young child still caught in the state of childhood innocence to show a modernists version of the coming of age This coming of age is the point in everyones life child or adult when we realize that we face substantial pain and emptiness ahead The narrator begins the story by describing the times after supper when he and his friends would play on the streets These nights were very gratifying for the whole group and when the narrators uncle used to drive up the street they would all hide until he was safely housed Or at times Mangans sister would come out to call him in for tea and they would all hide until she either went in or until Mangan gave in and went inside It was with Mangans sister whom the narrator finds himself in love He never had any real words with her but everyday he would watch until she came out her front door across the street The young boy would then hurry out the door after her and remain behind until they arrived at the point where they diverged
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