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Characterization in Araby Characterization is a major part in many short stories The characters in a short story shape the story to make it more interestingto read The main character of a story usually has human personalities that are familiar to the reader All boys have a crushon an older girl when they are young In Araby James Joyce showsall the feelings and emotions of a young boys love for his friendsolder sister The story takes place in Dublin Ireland in the young narratorshouse A deceased priest had once owned the house and left behindsome books which the young boy enjoys reading The boy takes thestories that he reads and applies them to his own life At the beginning of the story the reader is told of the narrators fondness ofMangans sister His quest for her affection is much like that of themedieval knights quest for the Holy Grail As he walks through thestreets of Dublin he imagines that he bares his chalice safely through the throng of foes The narrator also imagines Mangans sister as the holy Madonna At one point his love for Mangans sisteroverwhelms him and he presses his palms together and begins to chant O Love O Love The narrators view of love is idealistic He has set Mangans sister upon a pedestal and his expectations of love are too unrealistic At the end of the story the narrator is bitter He realizes thathis view of love is idealized and unrealistic Sordid reality is epitomized by the fair The young boy goes to Araby with the romantic goal of buying a gift for Mangans sister but the bazaar is dismal and dreary it fulfills none of the narrators expectations Hisdisappointment in Araby fills him with anger Along with his disappointment in Araby the narrators romantic view of love is destroyed The destruction of his fantasy of love brings about his epiphany He begins to dislike himself because he discovers
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