Araby: How The Setting Reinforces The Theme And Ch Essay

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Araby: How The Setting Reinforces The Theme And Characters

Araby: How the Setting Reinforces the Theme and Characters

Joel Lee

The setting in "Araby" reinforces the theme and the characters by using
imagery of light and darkness. The experiences of the boy in James Joyce's
"Araby" illustrate how people often expect more than ordinary reality can
provide and then feel disillusioned and disappointed. The author uses dark and
obscure references to make the boy's reality of living in the gloomy town of
Araby more vivid. He uses dark and gloomy references to create the mood or
atmosphere, then changes to bright light references when discussing Mangan's
sister. The story expresses its theme through the setting, the characterization
of the boy and his point of view as the narrator.
Darkness is used throughout the story as the prevailing theme. James
Joyce's story begins at dusk and continues through the evening during the winter,
in Araby Ireland. He chooses this gloomy setting to be the home of a young boy
who is infatuated with his neighbors sister. The boy is young and naive and he
leads a dull and boring life. Joyce uses darkness to make the boy's reality
more believable through more vivid, precise descriptions.
Bright light is used to create a fairy tale world of dreams and
illusions. James Joyce uses the bright light when describing Mangan's sister,
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