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Araby

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Megan McDonald

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Araby

"Araby": Our Literary Analysis JAMES JOYCE
(1882-1941) Born in Dublin, Ireland
Irish novelist
Best known for "Ulysses" (1922)
Moved to Zurich with family for World War I
Considered one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century Ireland 1914 Thesis Statement LUST "ARABY" SUMMARY "DUBLINERS" Collection of short stories written by Joyce Published in 1914 Characters based on real people; created controversy Focus on examination of relationships Mariah, Derek, Megan, Matt G, Matt S, Cory Terrible economy due to World War I In "Araby", desire and lust prove to be a distraction from reality. Story Examples: The narrator is constantly watching the sister. Definition: an overwhelming desire or craving "her dress swung as she moved her body and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side" (550) The narrator starts off as a normal boy playing in the streets but once the girl is introduced he seems to lose his boyish interests. He focuses all of his attention on impressing the girl, especially by volunteering to buy her something at the bazaar. What seems to be just an innocent “first crush” is taken to a new level when we learn that he watches the girl so intently. In the end, he feels anger and anguish once he becomes conscious of how senseless he had been acting. The narrator uses this harsh realization as a growth from childhood to manhood.
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