Paper: A Literary Analysis of Romanticism in Araby

Mangans sister is the object of his affection. He sees in her what most would see in the Virgin Mary. She is illuminated in all of the splendor that would be found in that of a religious icon. The boy doesnt realize that he is sexually attracted to Mangans sister. It may be because of the influence of the church on all of his life. When the boy thinks of the girl he thinks of her not in a sexual manner but in a religious one. He confesses that he doesnt understand why he is feeling confused about what he wants. One evening the boy is left alone on a rainy night. He is in the back drawing room and the evidence of his sexual tension. Trying to suppress his sexual feeling for the girl he feels his senses, seem to desire and veil themselves until | felt | was about to slip. This line refers to a classic masturbatory situation for the young boy. The murmuring of O love, O love. Refers to the climax of his sexual tension. The trip to Araby shows his final realization. His trip will show the boys thoughts on materialistic love. It shows that some people will give up anything for the promise for something in return. When the boy receives a florin from his father, which is a considerable amount of money for a young boy in the Victorian era, he proceeds to spend it foolishly. His trip to the fair takes him on a long journey to find his prize, the promise of a night with the girl. He spends his money rashly, which represents why he doesnt think before he makes his decision about the girl. His journey also brings him to enlightenment. His enlightenment comes when he once again finds himself all alone. This discovery leads the boy to finally see, which ties in with the blindness from the beginning of the story. He realizes the vulgarity of his quest in the eyes of the church and finds that his animal desire had overwritten the teachings of the church. His realization: Like every one else. He is human....