One rainy evening when the boy was alone in a secluded room he was completely seized by the passion of love and was on the verge of losing his awareness of the world around. “All my senses seemed to desire to veil themselves and, feeling that I was about to slip from them. I pressed the palms of my hand together until they trembled murmuring: “O love! O love! Many times”. One day he had a talk with her on Araby, the oriental fair. Coming to know that she would be missing the pleasure of going to Araby the boy promised to bring a gift for her from there. Since then the thought of Araby and the promised gift for her wholly occupied his mind.
The word ‘Araby’ seemed to become synonymous with his ideal of love. Araby no longer meant to him simply a sort of special market. Araby became to him a symbol for a place of mystic charms and romance. On the appointed day he waited for his uncle to come back home and give him money. But as, ill luck would have it, his uncle returned as tale as nine o’clock. So when the boy reached Araby the stalls were almost closed and the hall was mostly dark. One or two stalls were opened where he heard dull conversation and prosaic noise produced by the counting of money. He could not buy anything for the girl and left the place in utter disgust. Read More Short Stories His long cherished dream was shattered; his expectation was belied. The discrepancy between the Araby of his vision and the Araby of his actual experience was terribly shocking to him. Farther it can be told, as in many stories of adolescence; the protagonist of Araby suffers both isolation and alienation. He never shares his feelings concerning Mangan’s sister with anyone. He isolates himself from his friends, who seem terribly young to him once his crush begins, and from his family, who seem caught up in their own world. Mangan’s sister is also completely unaware of the narrator’s feelings for her. Consequently, when he suddenly realizes how foolish he has been, his anger at himself is intensified by his alienation from everyone and the resulting feeling of isolation.