Question 2: “Araby” - Setting and Symbolism - What does Araby symbolize to the boy,
and how is the conflict of the story resolved when he goes there?
James Joyce's “Araby” Setting and Symbolism
The short story “Araby” was composed by a modernist writer James Joyce, who lived
from 1882 to 1941. The masterpiece is composed in a close first-person narrator interpreting and
describing the world as it appeals to his senses (Harry Stone 320). As it is in many of his stories,
the author subjects the reader to a complicated life interpretation. The story lacks an outright
moral resolution attracting different literary interpretations from the audience. James Joyce
Araby covers the life story of a young boy who fails to realize his obsession with a strange girl
living across the street. By naming the story Araby, the author symbolizes the strangeness and
otherness of the environment.
In the story, Araby refers to an actual marketplace located on the outskirts of Dublin. The
name symbolizes the place where the narrator, Joyce, used to visit during his young age to please
the girls he likes....
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