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Analysis of James Joyce's "Araby"

This posting focuses on the story's main idea. It also examines why the narrator feels so disillusioned at the end and could account for such feelings. Finally, the posting addresses what the narrator learned about himself as a result of the story.

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"Araby" is a riveting tale. It contains a myriad of ideas for your essay. Here are several ideas"

1. Describe what you consider to be the story's main idea.

"Araby's" main idea exemplifies a boy's infatuation with his friend's sister. In order to gain her attention and make a favorable impression upon his object of affection, the protagonist wants to purchase something for her from a fair. In other words, the theme that "love surfaces in unlikely places" is embodied. The power of imagination is also evident as the boy's dull, ordinary life is transformed as a result of the quest.

Similarly, the boy's quest is not only emotional but also socioeconomic; he must leave his lower middle class section of town in order to make this purchase at the bazaar. The ...

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This posting focuses on the story's main idea. It also examines why the narrator feels so disillusioned at the end and could accounts for such feelings. Finally, the posting addresses what the narrator learned about himself as a result of the story.

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