Settings in Ababy

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Setting in Araby

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The third of the fifteen stories in Dubliners written by James Joyce is called Araby. It tells a story of a boy who falls in love with his neighbor's sister, for her suggestion the boy goes to bazaar and expects to buy a gift, unfortunately he buys nothing. James Joyce is regarded as an adept in applying various images. As a matter of fact, setting in this story is full of meaningful images which reveal blindness and paralysis.

At the beginning of the story, Joyce described the place the boy lives "North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free." [1] It shows the silence of this street, and the path that suddenly stops. [2] People lived here represents the whole Dubliners, they lived in such quiet and blind place which lead them numb and hard to escape.

At first they may find that it was bright, and there may have a way to across the street, but when they reach the end of the street, they found nowhere to go. It was dark. Besides, "An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end." [1]It was the description of the house at the blind end. Actually, Dublin was a colonized city at that time. Setting is a means of creating appropriate atmosphere. [3] People were not free and were closed to a small dark and blind place which was nowhere to escape. People lived in North Richmond Street obviously represents the people in whole city who were in bad condition. People could not get rid of the rule of England which leaded to their tragic life. Once people in this street walked at the end of the...