Araby Review


Arabyrecounts the lifestyle of a young an adolescent boy living with heraunt in Dublin. The narrator in impressed by Mangan’s (one of hismale friends) sister. She occasionally called Mangan so that he couldgo in and take tea. During one of the nights, the narrator finds anopportunity to talk to the girl when he is close to her. He requeststhat she accompanies her to the annual bazaar called “Araby”, butshe could not because she would be attending a retreat that herconvent had planned (Joyce 322).

Inmy view, the narrator was a naïve boy coming of age. Unfortunately,he lacked mentorship from his guardians. His uncle was kind-hearted,but an irresponsible parent because he could not realize that hisnephew was growing up. The boy claims that he was so confused that hedid not remember the answer he gave to Mangan’s sister the firsttime she addressed him. The narrator suffered from infatuation, whichmade him unable to concentrate in the classroom as he looked forwardto attending to the bazaar. He planned to purchase a gift that hecould in turn use to woo Mangan’s sister.

Theauthor intends to portray how adolescent boys lose their innocencewithout the knowledge of their parents. He decided to use a naïveboy that lacked proper parental guidance on the most appropriatestrategies to cope with maturity. I feel that the author describes aboy who is being raised by his uncle to show the significance ofbiological parents.

Myfavorite part was the part the narrator attempts to build personalcommunication with Mangan’s sister. The author claims, “I wasgrateful I could see so little. All my senses seemed to desire toveil themselves and, feeling I was about to slip from them, I pressedthe palms of my hands together until they trembled, murmuring Olove! O love! many times (Joyce 323).” It is clear that the authorintended to portray the effect of young boys obsessed with love.Infatuation can make them perform poorly in school or teen engage inillicit affairs such as stealing to raise cash to cater for theirpersonal requirements. The narrator borrowed the little cash he usedto by his clandestine lover a gift from his uncle. In case he did notget, he might have resolved to stealing or using other notoriousmeans just to win the girl’s attention.


Joyce,James. Dubliners.New York, N.Y: Penguin, 1993. Print.

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