The Conflicts of the Boy in James Joyce’s Short Story Araby
This paper is a brief explanation of the role of religion in the life of the main character from James Joyce’s short story, `Araby.` It examines conflicts over what his religion is telling him is right and what his adolescent body is telling him is right.
`Adolescence is a difficult stage of life on its own. Suddenly, a young person is forced to confront issues involving independence, maturity, and even more complicated, love. The boy in `Araby` is no exception. He is the typical young boy fighting his way into manhood; only his journey is slightly more complicated as he is forced to take into consideration what the church has been teaching him for years. He is confused. Images of this girl he has become infatuated with are constantly with him, but so are his religious teachings.`