Araby by James Joyce
Specific Task: Explore the epiphany that the young boy has in James Joyces Araby. In order to do this, you must analyze (a) the mundane world that he lives in, (b) how his infatuation for the young girl
seems to offer him an escape from that mundane world, and (c) his epiphany at the end of the story when he realizes the foolishness of his infatuation.
Textual Analysis: Make sure that you analyze the text of the story. You do not need to analyze everything, but you should definitely quote significant passages and explain them. Refer to your notes to help you incorporate some of the bigger themes and questions of the story. Make sure you explore the specific direction explained in the task.
A formal introduction that (a) establishes the nature / plot of the short story (very brief summary) and introduces the themes and/or literary style and
(b) provides a thesis that specifically asserts your conclusion about the importance of those themes and/or literary styles.
Araby the theme of a young boy who tries to escape the mundane word of Dublin only to end up having an epiphany in which he faces the foolishness of his infatuation.
Your body paragraphs must explore the nature of those themes / that literary style by specifically analyzing the text. Do not just retell the story. You are exploring the actual language of the text and
showing how the theme/literary style works. SHOW us … do NOT just tell us.
Your conclusion must be a conclusion that comes from your analysis of the storys text and your discussion of how the theme and/or literary style relates to the overall story and then specifically concludes what the importance of the themes and/or literary styles is.
Audience: Your audience is familiar with the plot of the story, so do not just tell us what happens. Your task is to explore the specific direction as stated in the options aboveand then, in order to provide evidence for your conclusions, you must very carefully analyze specific blocks of text to provide evidence for how that theme/literary style works in the story.
Do NOT use “I” or “you.”
DO NOT use any outside sources. Only use the notes that I uploaded.
MAKE SURE UNDERLINE the thesis statement.
One paragraph explain your writing process (successful, struggle, concerns, confussion….