In "Araby" by James Joyce, the author mirrors a young boy's journey into an exotic.
bazaar, to the development of childhood into adolesence. As is the case of many boys this age, the.
unnamed narrator is obsessed with a girl but in a romantic, pure way. Driven by such "blinding".
obsession, the realization of his fantasy leads him to a negative reaction of his new awareness .
The story of Araby begins with a bleak description of the boy's surroundings. The author.
welcome the reader to the dreary and "short days of winter," this is the perfect setting to establish.
a paradox of light and darkness. The lack of light during winter "[made] the streets lift their.
lanterns," as the boy journed through ardous and "dark muddy lanes" filled with "dark dripping.
gardens" and "dark ordorous stables." The constant repetition of the word dark offers a desolate.
mood to the story and emphasizes the "blind end streets" of the boy's neighborhood. Darkness.
takes a role in the story in which it reveals the fall from innnocence into painfull awareness. Then.
there is a sudden change in imagery as the boy returns to the light, however; darkness still.
prevails, for the boy can only see by hiding in "shadows." .
This character that Joyce creates is a young boy of passion and intense romance. He exists.
in this dreamy world of fantasy, in love with a girl whom he can barely speak to but in his.
mind--she is everywhere, " Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises.
which I myself did not understand. My eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at.
times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom. I thought little of the future.
I did not know whether I would ever speak to her or not or, if I spoke to her, how I could tell her.
of my confused adoration. But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like.
fingers running upon the wires." In this passage, the emotions of this boy pour out in all the.