急!請各位替我解答James Joyce-Araby 的問題
作者:James Joyce(1882-1941) 作品: Araby
* Try to explore the major themes in "Araby," including nationality,
religion, and relationships between the sexes.
- PeterLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Try to explore the major themes in "Araby," including nationality, religion, and relationships between the sexes.
Araby is narrated by a young boy whois, like most of Joyce’s characters, a native of Dublin, Ireland. Sincethe conflict in the story occurs primarily within the boy’sconsciousness, Joyce’s choice of first-person narration is crucial. Weknow immediately that Catholicism has served as one of theseprinciples; he attends a Christian Brothers school and at home isattracted to the library of a former tenant of his family, a priest.His identification with Catholicism is more than casual. The narrator’sdedication to Catholicism, however, does not run as deep as he mightbelieve.Readers learn first that the priest’s librarycontains three books especially important to the protagonist: aromantic novel, a religious tract written by a Protestant, and thememoirs of a French police agent and master of disguise. If this priestdoes not maintain a sufficiently pious library, how can this boy beexpected to properly practice his religion?More importantly, the boytakes the Catholic idea of devotion to the Virgin Mary and finds areal-world substitute for the Mother of God. We learn that he isespecially fascinated by the older sister of one of his schoolmates. Inthe narrator’s first description of Mangan’s sister she is lit frombehind, like a saint. the narrator tells us, presenting an image ofhimself as a prostrate worshipper. Furthermore, he relates that “herimage accompanied [him] even in places the most hostile to romance.” The boy is as rapturous as if he had seen a vision of the Mother of Godherself. And when the girl finally speaks to him, he cannot respondcoherently: Joyce also makes the nonreligious, and even sexual,elements of the boy’s devotion to Mangan’s sister clear throughout thestory.