"Araby" Analytical Essay by Calwriter

This paper discusses "Araby," one of the "Dubliners" short stories by James Joyce, which weaves imagery of death and darkness, sightlessness, and esotericism.
# 58818 | 1,625 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 22, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, through symbolism, Joyce conveys central themes of symbolic blindness, escapism, and a lack of identity. The opening line of the tale describes North Richmond Street as "being blind," as if the street itself has the potential to see itself and its residents. The author points out that death and religion are closely linked in "Araby"; religion is portrayed as a form of escapism, as a link to another world. The paper relates that, in "Araby," which is filled with imagery related to sight and eyes, the narrator sees more with his inner eye, the eye of his dreams and imagination, than he does with his real eyes; thus, he is blind to the present moment and sees only what he wants to see until the end of the tale, when his narcissism finally dawns on him.

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