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James Joyces Araby The narrator in Araby believes himself to be an individual in the midst of a sea of chaos and commotion He is not necessarily a prominent individual in society but rather one who becomes jostled by drunken men and bargaining women amid the curses of labourers the shrill litanies of shop-boys who stood on guard by the barrels of pigs cheeks the nasal chanting of street singers Joyce 854 as he helps his aunt carry parcels home from the market The boy is but one amongst the numerous others in the crowd who are simply going about their own business carrying out their affairs in concurrence with the other colorful individuals When considering the girl whom the narrator has a crush on he nearly considers himself to be her servant or at least someone who is willing to do anything for this girls attention and affection He says this plainly in the following lines I imagined that I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand Joyce 854 By using language that is reflective of what the boy has probably read from the copies of The Devout Communicant and The Memoirs of Vidocq left behind by the priest as well as other readings typically written for adults it is almost as though he believes himself to be a combination of a priest and a romantic novelist He holds Mangans sister as sacred nearly as sacred as the Virgin Mary herself stating Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand 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 Joyce 854 His devout religious upbringing comes into play as he is using
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