Adolescents in James Joyce ‘Araby’

James Joyce ‘Araby’ happens in Dublin, Ireland. It looks towards the problems that Irish people were facing around 1905. Joyce gives a vivid illustration of the narrator’s house, the market area, the nearby road, the Arabys’ and the Magnan sister’s home. Araby serves as a bazaar which assists the narrator to see the reality in him: “A beast steered moreover mocked by self-admiration.” This particular tale starts as the writer recounting North Richmond Street. “North Richmond Street, being sightless, was a silent street except during the hour the Christian Brothers’ School freed the boys ”(Joyce 1).The person narrating describes his home as musty moreover being long enclosed. He seems oblivious towards staleness of his surroundings. He focuses his attention on Magnan’s sisters which serves an as a temporary escape from the staleness of the surrounding. As seen by Carol Oates ‘Where Are You Going, Where have you been?’ there are physical settings which are the parking lot, diner and Connie’s house.The diner is a location where Connie would be hanging with her friends and chilling with guys time to time. The author describes the restaurant as a big bottle, and on the bottle’s cap, there was a smiling little boy with a hamburger loft on his hand. “They walked up the maze occupied with parked and cruised cars to the brilliantly lit, also a restaurant infested with flies. They walked in with brilliant faces as if they were walking into a sacred space that emerged out from the darkness…” (Oates 163).Throughout the story, although all relationships are shown, they seem mainly targeting the teenager, Connie. From the family she comes from, the father hardly appears while the mother adores Connie’s older sister June and criticizes Connie. In return, Connie despises her sister’s ethical behavior and hides things from her parents. The point James Joyce intends to bring in “Araby” is; introduction of a junior into adulthood. In the beginning, the narrator views his personality on a spiritual quest. The youngster fails to succeed in his quest, but it leads him to understand the reality and manhood. He sees Magnan’s sister as an angel and believes he is her servant and protector. Religion plays a significant part in peoples’ lives in North Richmond Street, but it has been reduced towards habit and empty ritual. The narrator feels that his town and the streets are unimaginative leaving behind a world of mental immobility. He heads up ignorant, lonely, isolated, as well as imaginative moreover his outlook limits his perspective. From Carol Oates’ ‘Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’ she goes ahead to convey the characters transition from her youth and innocence to an uncertain future. Connie portrays two characters, one where she is young and innocent, and the other one when she is mature. Connie is very dissatisfied as her mother nags about everything she does and always compares her to June, her older sister. Her mother at one point states, “Why don’t you keep your room clean like your sister? How do you have your hair fixed- What stinks? Hair Spray…” (Oates 153).This clearly indicates that Connie is treated like a little girl but wants to be an independent and sexy woman. She is looking for love, attention, and affection, feeling that the family is not providing, she focuses to look for it from cheap dates with boys she meets at the drive-ins. She wants her love life to be perfect and resemble those from the movies. From James Joyce Araby, the moral lesson is; things are not always as they seem. Faith and reverent believes play a significant part in the youngsters’ lives. He grows up as a strict Catholic who associates himself with figures as well as lessons from the church. Falling in love with Magnan’s sister brings overwhelming emotions leading to infatuation. He heads to the bazaar to get her a present. At bazaars’, he hears awkward and flirty conversations of teenagers and only to notice that how he feels is only known by him. From Carol Oates, “Where are you going, where have you been” Connie comes towards realizing that the dissatisfaction comes from learning that love is far from perfect. She is a selfish and arrogant girl only caring about how many heads she can turn when walking into a room. This woman’s’ romantic perfections are broken when Arnold’s friend influences her into getting out of the house. Connie resists initially and threatens to call the police on him, but Arnold states that: “you get out and we run off this place and have a wonderful ride. But if you fail to get out we will have no choice other than wait for your people. ‘Now, get up, honey. Get up all by yourself'(Oates 410).As they leave, Connie sights vast lands that she has never seen before and realizes they are headed towards a far place. In ‘Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’ Carol Oates describes how Connie transitions from a young and innocent girl to a woman. Connie grows up resenting her mother and sister. This was due to her mother constantly comparing her with her sister. In search of attention and love that she felt she lacked at home, Connie set to find the love from boys found at the drive-ins. Exposure to this later leads to encountering with Arnolds Friend, who later forces her to get into his car. She also hopes to find love like the one sees from movies. However, through various encounters, she realizes love is far from perfect. In ‘Araby’ Joyce describes how young boy transitions into manhood. The boy realizes later on that things are not always as they seem. The boy associates his life with figures and lessons from the church. Falling in love with Magnan’s sister leads him to get her a present from the bazaar. From the bazaar, he comes to realize the fact that he was the only one aware of his feelings towards Magnan’s sister.