That is basically what he is doing by going to Araby for the girl. These are the biblical allusions which can be found in James Joyce's Araby. displayed 300 characters
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Joyce references the book of Genesis, in Araby. He describes "The wild garden behind the house contained a central apple-tree." This is a clear reference to the Garden of Eden, which is a parallel to a well known fall from grace, as the boy will soon experience. There is also an allusion to the story of Adam and Eve... displayed next 300 characters
It shows the antagonist
of the story to be "a repressive Dublin culture."(Coulthard)
Through this allegorical piece, the reader can understand the harsh life
that people are forced to deal with in Dublin society...
(As an aside, I believe that "Araby" still packs a meaningful punch even without this interpretation.)
I understand this is not what Joyce had in mind, but so what? We are allowed as students and critics to open the text to any form of interpretation that fits...
The choice of diction illustrates imagery and shows the characterization of the characters.
In Araby, there is a set of characters that are portrayed by characterization which is shown from the choice of diction to parade imagery...
So to this author although the boy is a product of a negative environment, it is still up to him to make the most out of his situation.
Growing up Joyce moved many, many times and was also in a rather huge family, by the time his parents topped having kids there were four boys and six girls...
Light is used to create a joyful atmosphere.
The ending of the story is filled with images of darkness and light.
James Joyce uses the lights of the bazaar to illustrate the boy's confrontation
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