One of the central issues in James Joyce’s “Araby” is growing up. The narrator, who is a grown man who uses mature language to describe his youthful experience, reflects back on his experience with the Araby market, providing small insights from an adult perspective. The fact that the story is told from an adult perspective indicates that the story is about growing up: the narrator is reflecting back on a formative time during his…(read full theme analysis)
The narrator of “Araby” is surrounded by religion. He attends a Roman Catholic school and all of the people around him, just like he himself, are steeped in the Catholic religion that held sway in Ireland at the time when the story was set. Joyce does not clearly indicate how strongly the narrator believes in his faith, but Catholicism plays a large role in his upbringing and he often explains things through Catholic ideas and…(read full theme analysis)
One of the central issues of “Araby” is the narrator’s developing crush on Mangan’s sister and the discovery of his sexuality. Joyce shows the protagonist’s evolution by first describing his sheltered upbringing, and then using physical descriptions of Mangan’s sister to highlight the protagonist’s budding sexuality.
The protagonist lives on a “blind” street, a dead end that is secluded and not frequented by outsiders. Additionally, he attends an all-boys school, which suggests…(read full theme analysis)