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“Araby” tells a story about a little boy’s romance and his disillusionment in the end. While people tend to focus on the ending of the story trying to find some clue from Araby the market alone, I believe there is another site that we should not forget—the room where the priest died. It seems Araby symbolizes the numb, dark adult world while the room is holy, romantic; but as I read more, I find they are quite the same. Comparing the two buildings, one of the hidden reasons for the boy’s anger dawned on me: he is deceived by both sites.
The narrations of the drawing-room where the priest died and appeared Araby are quite alike mainly three ways. First, both places are all in a dark and quiet scene when the boy encounters them. He goes in the room in a “dark, raining evening, and there was no sound in the house” (para.6), while Araby is “in darkness” (para.25) and he “recognized a silence” (para.25). Their impression left on the boy is almost the same.
Second, the boy associates the two places with religion and love. The room is where a priest died, which brings the room together...


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