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Light vision and beauty by NWOSDM The setting in Araby reinforces the theme and the characters by using imagery of light darkness and beauty The experiences of the boy in James Joyces Araby illustrate how people often expect more than ordinary reality can provide thus causing disillusionment as well as disappointment The author uses dark and obscure references to make the boys reality of living in the gloomy town of Araby more vivid He uses dark and gloomy references to create the mood or atmosphere and then changes to bright light references when discussing Mangans sister considered an example of beauty according to the young boy The story expresses its theme through the setting the characterization of the boy and his point of view as the narrator Darkness is used throughout the story as the prevailing theme James Joyces story begins at dusk and continues through the evening during the winter in Araby Ireland He chooses this gloomy setting to be the home of a young boy who is infatuated with his neighbors sister The boy is young and naive and he leads a dull and boring life Joyce uses darkness to make the boys reality more believable through more vivid precise descriptions Bright light is used to create a fairy tale world of dreams and illusions James Joyce uses the bright light when describing Mangans sister the boys infatuation The protagonist is infatuated with his neighbors sister and he imagines that he will heroically bring her something back from the bazaar Joyce refers to bright light when discussing Mangans sister in order to give her a heavenly presence Light is used to create a joyful atmosphere The ending of the story is filled with images of darkness and light James Joyce uses the lights of the bazaar to illustrate the boys confrontation with reality The bazaar lights are almost all off because the bazaar is almost closed This is
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