Certainly the most frequently used color in Dublinerswe note how quickly Joyce has been able to set a nearly hopeless and discouraged mood. As the opening paragraph has prepared us both for a story of particulars as well as for an allegory, the priest carries several messages. Joyce, who hated Roman Catholicism, implies that the Church represented by the priest is dead -- the Church as the former tenant of the House that is Ireland.
The street is quiet, except when school ends and the boys play in the street until dinner. At the end of the street is an empty house, offset from the others by its own square plot of land. These details establish that the narrator is living in a sheltered environment with heavy religious influences.
The narrator enjoys leafing through the yellow pages of the books left behind by the priest: The narrator supposes the priest was a charitable man, noting that he left his money to institutions and his furniture to his sister after he died.
Joyce gives these details about the priest in order to provide a subtle commentary on the Catholic church. By listing his books, two of which are non-religious, Joyce shows that the priest was a person like any other who took interest in subjects other than religion.
The bicycle pump that the narrator finds beneath a bush as though it had been hidden there suggests that maybe the priest had a private life in which he partook in secular activities, such as biking. Active Themes The boys usually meet in the street to play before dinner, even during winter when it has already become dark by then.
The narrator establishes the habitual play that he soon grows tired of. The symbols of light and dark are introduced. Just before they part ways, he always speeds up and passes her.
However, he is clearly still a child in how he deals with his newfound attraction. He never attempts to talk to her, but instead walks to school behind her and then speeds up to catch her attention.
Often he finds himself full of emotion and on the brink of tears for no apparent reason. Despite all of this, he does not make any plans to talk to her, but instead remains wrapped up in his fantasies.
It seems as though he is worshipping her, even though if unintentionally so. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations One rainy night, the narrator goes into the back drawing room where the priest died and lets his emotions take over.
The narrator presses his hands together in a prayer that seems almost like heresy, since he is praying to someone other than God in a room where a priest has died.
He is completely caught off-guard, and as he recounts the events, the narrator does not even remember if he said yes or no. She tells him she is unable to attend because she has a retreat for her convent, and he seizes what seems like an opportunity to impress her, promising to bring her back something if he goes to the bazaar.
While this conversation is happening the other boys are fighting over their caps. He is fascinated with the exotic Eastern nature of the market, and even the word, Araby, seems foreign and exciting to him.
Meanwhile, the narrator cannot focus in school and his master begins to notice and becomes stern with him. He begins to see himself as superior to his peers, who are occupied with seemingly less important activities, such as school.
This is a significant indication that he is coming of age, and it also contributes to why he feels alienated from his friends. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations On Saturday morning, the narrator reminds his uncle that he wishes to attend the Araby bazaar that night.
He leaves for school in a bad mood, already anticipating future disappointment. When he returns for dinner that night his uncle is not home yet. The narrator anxiously paces the house. Mercer leaves, saying she cannot wait any longer.
The narrator waits until his uncle is halfway through his dinner before asking for money to go to the market. His uncle admits he had forgotten about the market, but when he tries to brush it off by saying it is late, the narrator is not amused.
These are both issues that the narrator is becoming more aware of as he loses his innocence and gains knowledge about the adult world. Active Themes The narrator walks to the train station and boards the empty third-class section of the train.
After a delay, the train finally leaves, passing run-down houses before pulling up to the makeshift platform. The narrator notices that it is ten minutes before 10 pm, when the market is supposed to close.James Joyce’s “An Encounter”: Do the man’s green eyes imply homo-sexuality, or rather; a means for the boy’s coming of age?
Joyce’s “An Encounter”, follows our unidentified narrator and his schoolmate Mahony on a wild search for adventure. Dream Versus Reality: Setting and Atmosphere in James Joyce's "Araby" Convinced that the Dublin of the 's was a center of spiritual paralysis, James Joyce loosely but thematically tied together histories in Dubliners by means of their common setting.
The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Coming of Age appears in each chapter of Araby. Click or tap on any chapter to read its Summary & Analysis.
Click or tap on any chapter to read its Summary & Analysis. A Comparative Analysis Between “Araby” and “The Bread of Salt ― Robert J. Ringer These two quotes capture what James Joyce’s Araby and N.V.M.
Gonzalez’s The Bread of Salt are all about – maturity and realization. Araby and The Bread of Salt are both coming of age stories. Araby: A Coming of Age Story About the Author (Contd.) Joyce wrote in the Stream of Consciousness style of writing.
"Stream of Consciousness style of writing aims to provide a textual equivalent to the stream of a fictional characters consciousness, thus creating the impression that we, the reader, are eavesdropping on the flow of conscious experience in the characters mind,thereby gaining.
Disillusionment and Coming of Age in Updike and Joyce A 3 page paper which compares and contrasts the elements of disillusionment and coming of age in John Updike’s A&P and James Joyce’s Araby.