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There are many statements in the story Araby that are both surprising and puzzling The statement that perhaps gives us the most insight into the narrators thoughts and feelings is found at the end of the story Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity and my eyes burned with anguish and anger 32 By breaking this statement into small pieces and key words we can see it as a summation of the storys major themes At this point in the story many emotions are swirling about in the narrators head His trip to the bazaar has been largely unsuccessful He was late arriving was unable to find a gift for Mangans sister felt scorned by the merchants and suddenly found himself in a dark room These surroundings left him feeling both derided and with a sense that this eagerly anticipated trip had been in vain Many other situations caused him to feel driven and derided by vanity His reflections of the charitable life of the priest who occupied the narrators house before the narrator make us wonder if the priest led a life of vanity His early obsession with Mangans sister now seems in vain I had never spoken to her and yet her name was like a summons to my foolish blood 4 He feels ashamed and ridiculed by his earlier inability to communicate with Mangans sister He sees how distracted he was by his anticipation of the bazaar He recalls that he had hardly any patience with the serious work of life 12 The narrator is embarrassed by the time he had wasted and the ease with which he became distracted The near total worthlessness of the bazaar at the time the narrator arrives is an extreme example of vanity Not only does the narrator feel ridiculed by the vanity involved in this situation he
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