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The characters in Araby display a wide spectrum of vanity that encompasses a variety of people The narrator of the story is the best example of vanity He is obsessed with a girl that lives next door to him He never remarks about her personality but does remark that her image accompanied me even in places the most hostile to romance A mind that is only intrigued by images is the pinnacle of vanity Another example of this vanity in the narrator is noted within other statements about the girl The narrator remarks that her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers Her image and vision was now controlling his prayers and the girl is the only God that he now acknowledges within his narrow vanity filled view of the world Also the narrator speaks about rarely thinking about the future only present events are taken in due course The narrator further states that his body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers playing his emotions This statement fully proves the amount of vanity that exists in the narrator He is fully driven by beauty and every aspect of beauty controls his life The narrator conveys Joyces view of vanity and displays this view with sinful intentions throughout the story The pursued girl also displays this view of vanity in many instances The girl is noted as twisting a silver bracelet while talking of the Araby bazaar The girl was inadvertently displaying the richness of her life and hinting to the narrator to buying a gift for her She may not even have wanted to go to Araby but points out her wishes as to get a free gift out of the ordeal The narrator was obsessed with beauty and the girl was obsessed with materialistic beauty which are both separate but equal vanity sins The situational detail also displays vanity with examples of rash thought and
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