Araby by James Joyce Short Story Summary

Araby by James Joyce Summary


Araby was a sort of bazar. The writer visited it when he was a small schoolboy. His visit was a labour of love. He was asked by his beloved to visit the Araby. He was too small to be a lover, but he fell in love all the same.


The girl was his friend Mangan’s sister. He loved her madly. Her word was more than a law for him. So he went to Araby just because she wished him to do so. He was late because he had to wait for his uncle to get some money.


When he reached there the bazar had almost closed. Only a Chinaware stall was open. The boy stopped. The sales girl asked him if he wanted to buy anything. He said, no, he did not need anything. He had a strange feeling of frustration as he came out. He was too young, to understand that feeling.



The boy‟s visit to Araby was fruitless just like his childish love affair. He undertook this visit as a sacred duty. He only wished to please the girl without thinking of any other reward for his pains. He also wished to buy something nice for her.


But he was too small to decide what he should buy for her. In his confusion he could not make any choice. So he came back frustrated. Still he was not angry with the girl who had sent him out on this useless errand. He is rather angry at his own adequacy.


Note: It is hard and often painful to look at these statements. After all, young people are being addressed, these students are paying attention to schoolchildren, who still have to make a choice. And it is sad that such powerful, memorable, often provocative phrases and thoughts can direct a young person who has not formed to the wrong way, to confuse. Why? Think for yourself. In percentage terms, how many stories of such successful people who, having dropped out of high schools, achieved success? Hundredths of a percent. And did someone consider those who graduated from university and became successful? Nobody talks about the formation of these people. This is not interesting, not provocative! And how many of them? Often these figures are quoted (and by the way, it is still unknown where it came from) that about 30-40% of successful and rich people without higher education. Yes, a good figure! But the remaining 60-70% with the highest, and not vice versa. Statistics in favor of education. Many do not even think that successful projects were formed precisely through education.


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