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.

What genre is The Dead by James Joyce?


Who wrote the Dead?

James Joyce
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  • What is the significance of the title of the story Araby?

    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.
  • Who is the main character in the story Araby?

    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.
    • Mrs.
    • Young female shopkeeper.
  • What is the importance of the setting in Araby?

    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

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