We didn’t have a chance to discuss Joyce’s “Araby” in class today, so I thought we might move our discussion online. As with the Dickinson poem, we’ll approach the Joyce story as formalist critics.
Here are some questions to consider:
- What is the narrative point of view in this story? How does the narrator’s point of view shape the story’s meaning?
- How does the narrative unfold? How does the sequence of events create meaning?
- Do you notice any instances of paradox, ambiguity, or irony? If so, what are the effects of these features?
- Do you notice any repetition of words? Do their meanings change with subsequent use? Or do they become more powerful with subsequent use?
- Where do you find ambiguity? How does it suggest additional meanings?
- Do the formal elements you noticed work together to create meaning? How so?
- If you had to describe the shape of Joyce’s story, how would you describe it? Why?
You needn’t answer all of these questions in your response, and you may have other questions in mind, but do try and take a stab at numbers 6 & 7.
DUE DATE: Wednesday, September 11 by 11:59pm.