1) Read James Joyce – ” Araby” and response this question. Q1: What hints do we get that Joyce’s story is a pastiche of a quest narrative? Q2: In “Araby,” list the signs that the boy is a romantic, rather than a realist, at the time the story takes place. 2) write feedback/comment for this post below. What is the nature of the boy’s sudden realization? How does Joyce help prepare the reader for this moment of realization? In the short story Araby, the narrator depicts a moment in his life where he was deeply infatuated with a girl whom he commonly refers to as Mangans sister. In the beginning of the story, the narrator sets the stage by describing several aspects such as the scenery, the people whom he used to associate with as well as Mangans sister who he used to see every day. The narrator breaks down the events very descriptively in order to prepare the reader for the stories dramatic realization. “Every morning I lay on the floor in the front parlor watching her door. The blind was pulled down within an inch of the sash so that I could not be seen. When she came out on the doorstep, my heart leaped.” “Her image accompanied me even in places the most hostile to romance.” The narrator lets the reader know that he was deeply infatuated with Mangans sister by suggesting that he is passionate and romantic towards her. The dramatic twist occurs when the narrator’s uncle comes home late; therefore, he is unable to attend the bazaar. “When I came home to dinner my uncle had not yet been home. Still it was early. I sat staring at the clock for some time and, when its ticking began to irritate me, I left the room.” This left the narrator frustrated about the situation. When he had approached the bazaar, the woman at the front asked if he wanted to purchase anything but he refused. His anger grew even more since he knew he couldn’t please Mangans sister. “The upper –part of the hall was now completely dark. Glazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.”

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