Epiphany In 'The Dead And Araby'

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Alecia Williams Professor Guest English 201 26 February 2018 The Effects of Epiphany Both stories, “The Dead” and “Araby” by James Joyce, were two very interesting pieces. The stories displayed quite a variety of themes including, betrayal, regret and life and death, just to name a few. However, epiphany is considered the major and most important theme in James Joyce’s stories. Therefore, in this essay, we’ll see how epiphany affected the characters in both stories. In “Araby”, the narrator was a young man who fell in love with his friend, Mangan’s older sister. He would do just about anything to prove his love and to win her love; the unrequited love. He went to the bazaar to purchase anything he could find for his love, but he did not make it on time. The narrator actually thought that the bazaar was a fun and stimulating place, but later realized it was only a place where people went to buy just about anything; a market. While he thought about the confusing moment he just had at the bazaar, he realized that Mangan’s sister could not care any less whether he had bought her something at the bazaar or not. He also realized that it was only words; …show more content…

First, it was the setting with the snow, rain and holiday cheer, then the internal conflict where Gabriel was a bit harsh on himself for thinking he could never give Gretta the passionate love that Michael Furey gave her. Third, the climax, and this was when Gabriel received the information about Michael fury. He accepted the information but was still upset. Lastly, the type of character Gabriel was. His appearance let us know that he’s the successful type who knew how to handle any and every situation well, so when Greta told Gabriel about her past, he tried his best to keep it classy and handle it well; regardless of the fact that he was burning

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