James Joyce’s “Araby” How do the first three paragraphs of “Araby” characterize the environment in which the narrator lives?

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James Joyce’s “Araby”
COLLAPSE
Answer two or more of the following questions:
1. How do the first three paragraphs of “Araby” characterize the environment in which the narrator lives? How might that environment inspire and shape his fascination with Mangan’s sister and with Araby?
2. What kind of “vanity” does the narrator attribute to himself at the story’s end? Why is he filled with “anguish and anger”?
3. How might “Araby” work as a sort of quest narrative (see “Common Plot Types in chapter 2)? In these terms, what is the significance of the narrator’s reference to “romance,” his vision of himself carrying a “chalice safely through a throng of foes” and Araby’s “Middle Eastern” theme?
4. Why do most characters, including the narrator, have no names? What does this suggest about the characters in this story?
5. Why is the narrator late in arriving at the Araby, and what does this suggest about his home life?
6. At the historical time at which this story is set, Ireland was a colony of England (i.e., Great Britain). Where do you see reference to the British and how do they interfere with the narrator’s quest?

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