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Unsatisfied Quest A Quest is a story in which a hero or a group of heroes seek to solve a problem Traditionally the hero was sent by a fisher king to retrieve an object to restore the health of the kingdom The modernist movement introduced the idea that the hero could fail his quest This leaves the quest unsatisfied Araby by James Joyce is a good example of a modernist unsatisfied quest The main character is narrating his childhood He told of his friend Mangan and when he sees his sister he feels strangely and passionately drawn to her The young boy dreams of Mangans sister who lives nearby Her dress swung as she moved her body and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side Her image pursues him even at night when he is trying to say his prayers One day she speaks to him and asks if he is going to the Araby bazaar She says she would love to go but wont be able to because of a retreat in her convent school that night The boy says that if he goes he will bring something back for her The hero going out to get an object to improve the kingdom by giving it to Mangans sister After a sleepless night the boy continues to dwell on his feelings for Mangans sister and the possibilities of bringing something back from the Araby bazaar He asked permission from his aunt and uncle but his uncle absentminded came home very late on the night of the bazaar He gives him some money and agrees to allow the boy to leave for the bazaar even though the time was running out The boy takes a train to the bazaar but is disappointed to find it is almost closing time and most of the stalls are empty He browses briefly at a porcelain stall where a young English
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