What is Araby in Araby by James Joyce?
'Araby,' a short story by James Joyce, is about a young boy in Ireland obsessed with the girl living across the street. When the young girl mentions how badly she wants to attend a certain bazaar, he sees an opportunity to win her heart by attending the bazaar himself and bringing her back a gift.
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- On the surface, the title 'Araby' refers to a real occasion, an oriental fete being held in the outskirts of Dublin during Joyce's boyhood days. But in this story, the name 'Araby' signifies a land of romance and beauty away from the mundane routine of a city life.
- Araby Characters
- The narrator. The protagonist of the story, a young, imaginative boy who lives with his aunt and uncle.
- The narrator's uncle.
- The narrator's aunt.
- Mangan's Sister.
- The priest.
- Young female shopkeeper.
- In “Araby”, James Joyce creates the larger part of the setting of a late 1800's or early 1900's lower income neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland. By establishing this setting, he sets a basis in which the rest of the story is to take place.
Updated: 25th August 2018