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In James Joyces Araby the boy loss of innocence may be confusing and even painful but at the same time it is important It begins his journey in to adulthood The boy in Araby is experiencing something all young men experience the first crush It is a time in his life where he is having new feelings and trying to express those feelings to the object of his affection is next to impossible Even the simple act of watching Mangans sister brings up emotions in the boy To say the least the boy is overcome when Mangans sister actually speaks to him He is in fact so overcome that he doesnt even know how he answered the girl To think a girl he has secretly watched every day and shyly followed from a distance while he walked to school is actually showing him some attention Unfortunately for the boy the attention is mistaken for something more than it is As the boy waits for the day he can go to the bazaar he thinks of nothing except Mangans sister The boy sees her when he is going to sleep when he wakes and in school in his papers The boy wants nothing more than to see Mangans sister again but in his mind for him to do that he needs to get her something from Araby The boy is so charged from his encounter that he says he wishes to annihilate the days separating him from going to Araby and ultimately Mangans sister Finally when the day has arrived that he can go to Araby he has to wait for Uncle to get home To the boys dismay his uncle gets home late and is drunk The boy is apparently familiar with this situation and knows how to handle his uncle in this state The boy now waits even longer so that his uncle can finish some of his diner and get in a
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