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The Initiation of a Young Boy by the Realization of His Own Narcissism As humans grow they pass through various stages of development often some stages are never reached when a new stage is successfully reached the person has under gone some sort of initiation James Joyces short story Araby is in simple terms about initiation it is a story is about a young boys adventure that allows him to progress from one stage to the next with the realization of his narcissistic behavior At first the boy is innocent unaware of himself and the world around him The first few paragraphs reflect this innocence The street on which the boy lives is blind and quiet and the house at the end of the street probably an analogy of the boy is detached and uninhabited The house in which the boy lives describes why he has remained innocent until this point The priest who used to live in the house is already dead and thus it symbolizes the lack of the religious guide to the boys experience The air in the house is musky there are old papers and yellowed books in one room as well as an unkept garden suggesting that the house was not looked after and allowed to age on its own much the same way the boy has The aunt and uncle are the only family members of the boy mentioned neither one seems to take much responsibility in raising him especially the uncle who seems to be a drunk The absence of a true parental figure in the story suggests that the boy lacks some sort of mentor to give him direction in his gaining valuable experience The boy does have a fantasy a symbol for his feminine side often found in his stage of development an unattainable figure known simple as Mangans sister The girl is so ideal in his eyes that he is content in simply starring in
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