This shows that the boy always watches where she is going, and then goes out of his way to get physically closer to her.
In this example, you can plainly see that the boy's actions are being controlled by his obsession for the girl, and not by some great love he has for her.
Short Story Analysis of "Araby" by James Joyce In James Joyce’s short story "Araby," the main character is a young boy who confuses obsession with love.
Throughout this short story, there are many examples that show the boy’s obsession for the girl.
It examines the life of people living in North Richmond Street, which is described from the point of view of a child.
It is through the mystique and imagination of their children that Joyce describes the narrators awakening and sexual awareness.Another example, that shows the boy's obsession for the young girl, comes after the two of them have a brief conversation.In the conversation, the young girl asks the young boy if he is "going to Araby" (Joyce 548), and then the girl states that "it would be a splendid bazaar, she would love to go" (Joyce 549), but she is already obligated to something else.(Joyce 549) In this excerpt, you can plainly see that the boy thinks he is in love with the girl, but in fact he is just obsessed with her. The two of them hardly speak to one another, (2008, 12). This shall further be highlighted in the journey towards Araby with the quest of finding something worth of value only to feel desolate and shameful in the end.One of the themes depicted by Joyce in the story reflects the nature of innocence and how it was shattered with the inability to control the situation as it unfolds.Another way you can see the young boy's obsession for the girl is through his actions.Every morning, he waits for the girl to appear, and then he follows her.You do not usually remember every minute detail of someone unless you are very intrigued by them.Also, note the way he describes her hair as "soft rope." This shows the intricate way the boy views her.