In other words, he is at the whim of outside forces, which leaves him frustrated and helpless. The frustration is increased when he reaches the bazar and the bazar is about to get closed so the boys does not find any gift for the girl. His uncle will have to get home on time to give him the money for a ride to the bazaar, as well as a bit of spending money. She notes that she cannot attend, as she has already committed to attend a retreat with her school. When they eventually talk, she suggests that he visit a bazaar, Araby, on her behalf as she cannot go herself.
See Summary The narrator, an unnamed boy, describes the North Dublin street on which his house is located. Having recovered from the shock of the conversation, the narrator offers to bring her something from the bazaar. By listing his books, two of which are non-religious, Joyce shows that the priest was a person like any other who took interest in subjects other than religion. They take interest in the world of adults around them. The story presents an escape.
She is unable to go, she has to attend a religious ritual on the weekend. This section contains 500 words approx. He does stare at her from his window and follow her on the. When the boy reaches the object of his quest, however, Araby the church is empty — except for a woman and two men who speak with English accents. At the end of the street is an empty house, offset from the others by its own square plot of land. Joyce was influenced by his Catholic upbringing in Ireland to paint a portrait of childhood disillusionment and the futility of romance in a strictly religious society.
The narrator now cannot wait to go to the Araby and procure for his beloved some grand gift that will endear him to her. Unfortunately, when the day of the bazaar arrives, the narrator's uncle who was supposed to give him money for the gift forgets his obligation and arrives home late from work. But on the night when he awaits his uncle's return so that he can go to the bazaar, we feel the boy's frustration mounting. He reaches late to bazar and the bazar is almost closed. .
He arrives at the bazaar just as it is closing. The boy despairs of being able to go at all, but finally his uncle comes home. In fact, his obsession with the girl herself transfers to an obsession with the gift, and with the bazaar where he'll find the gift, so that for the days leading up the bazaar, he can think of nothing but getting there. That is why they call Araby an Orientalist Bazar in the short story. The namelessness of all three boys also encourages interpreters to identify them with Joyce, although from an interpretive point of view this move does little to illuminate the stories.
She asked me if I was going to Araby. I liked the last best because its leaves were yellow. The woman asks him if he wishes to buy anything, but he can tell that she does so only out of a sense of duty. Just before they part ways, he always speeds up and passes her. The story depicts the disillusionment of a young boy who experiences coming of age. But none of the character is delineated by the author except the Narrator.
While this, of course, could mean many things, we can say at the very least that the story shows us a character who is very lonely and who, by definition, is repressed. Then he follows her to school, walking right behind her until she turns off to go to her school. Needless to say, it was not your everyday peaceful death. He leaves for school in a bad mood, already anticipating future disappointment. This brief meeting launches the narrator into a period of eager, restless waiting and fidgety tension in anticipation of the bazaar. He is only described as not smiling.
He cares, so the reader cares. He cannot focus in school. He obsesses, can't concentrate on his schoolwork, and keeps reminding his uncle that he wants to go. There are many such moments in this shortest of short stories which repay close analysis for the way the young narrator romanticises, but does not sentimentalise, the feeling of being in love, perhaps hopelessly. James Joyce wrote the stories from1904 to 1904 but he published them in 1914.