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The short story Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ is clearly identifiable as the work of James Joyce. His vocalized ambition of acquainting fellow Irish natives with the true temperament of his homeland is apparent throughout the story. JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s painstakingly precise writing style can be observed throughout Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ as well. Roman Catholicism, which played a heavy role in JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s life, also does so in the story which is another aspect which makes JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s authorship of the story unmistakable. As a result of Irish heritage displayed in Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ along with evidence of JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s unmistakable writing style throughout and the role of Catholicism in the story, Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ is instantly recognizable as the work of James Joyce.
In his writing of Dubliners as a whole James Joyce hoped to familiarize fellow Irish natives with IrelandÐ²Ð‚™s true nature. In his article Ð²Ð‚ÑšJames JoyceÐ²Ð‚Ñœ Paul Gray quotes Joyce as having said, Ð²Ð‚ÑšOne of the things I could never get used to in my youth was the difference I found between life and literature,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ so one of his ambitions was to erase this contrast (Gray 1). One of JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s attempts at fulfilling this goal can be observed at the melancholy ending of Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ where after his fruitlessly covetous quest for Ð²Ð‚?ManganÐ²Ð‚™s sisterÐ²Ð‚™ the narrator laments, Ð²Ð‚ÑšGazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (Joyce 886). In a similar context as that of GrayÐ²Ð‚™s article Joyce is quoted in a book, James Joyce Remembered, by C.P. Curran who was an acquaintance of JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s, specifically about the purpose of his collection of stories Dubliners, of which Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ is a part, as saying, Ð²Ð‚ÑšI call the series Dubliners to betray the soul of that hemiplegia or paralysis which many consider a city,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (9). In John DiconsiglioÐ²Ð‚™s article Ð²Ð‚ÑšCall it James JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s RevengeÐ²Ð‚Ñœ Joyce is quoted on the purpose of Dubliners yet again in the third paragraph which states, Ð²Ð‚ÑšJoyce wrote that it was written so that the Irish could have Ð²Ð‚?one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking glass,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (3). Since he was repetitively quoted concerning such, Joyce made the goal of his story Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ known as propagating his perspective of the true nature of Ireland.
Several aspects of JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s meticulous writing style can be observed in his story Ð²Ð‚ÑšAraby.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ In his book Exploring James Joyce Joseph Prescott draws attention to, Ð²Ð‚ÑšJoyceÐ²Ð‚™s use of words in such a sense or context as to throw upon them a stronger light than they ordinarily enjoy,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (8). Evidence of this supposition lies at the end of the fifth paragraph of Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ in the form of the metaphor, Ð²Ð‚ÑšBut my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (Joyce 884). In consideration of such peculiarity the following relation from Robert KaplanÐ²Ð‚™s article Ð²Ð‚ÑšMadness and James JoyceÐ²Ð‚Ñœ is more understandable, Ð²Ð‚ÑšThere is a telling anecdote from Frank Budgen, his friend and biographer. Joyce said he had been working hard all day Ð²Ð‚" writing two sentences. Ð²Ð‚?You were seeking the right words?Ð²Ð‚™ asked Budgen. Ð²Ð‚?No,Ð²Ð‚™ replied Joyce, Ð²Ð‚?I have the words already. What I am seeking is the perfect order in the sentence,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (37). In addition to JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s precision with his placement of words, his connotation often seems either supplemental or ironic. As Peter de Voogd mentions in his article Ð²Ð‚ÑšImagine, Eveline, Visualised Focalisations in James JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s DublinersÐ²Ð‚Ñœ Ð²Ð‚ÑšImaging the text of Dubliners also includes the way in which the shape of a thing or name mentioned may add to or contradict its meaning,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (9). An example of this lies in the ninth paragraph of Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ where the following statement can be found, Ð²Ð‚ÑšI had hardly any patience with the serious work of life which, now that it stood between me and my desire, seemed to me childÐ²Ð‚™s play, ugly, monotonous childÐ²Ð‚™s play,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (Joyce 884). These examples show how Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ contains JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s specifically meticulous writing style.
Another aspect of the style in which James Joyce writes which can be observed in Ð²Ð‚ÑšArabyÐ²Ð‚Ñœ through the role of Catholicism in such is his tendency to write from his own life experiences. As Brian Phillips writes in his article Ð²Ð‚ÑšJoyceÐ²Ð‚™s VisionsÐ²Ð‚Ñœ Ð²Ð‚ÑšJoyce was a relentlessly autobiographical writer,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (5). Ruth von Phul comments similarly in A James Joyce Miscellany, Ð²Ð‚ÑšIt is hardly possible to overestimate the autobiographical element in JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s work,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (Magalaner 119). In his article Ð²Ð‚ÑšJames JoyceÐ²Ð‚Ñœ Paul Gray relates not only how JoyceÐ²Ð‚™s entire education came from the Jesuits, who form a sect of Catholicism, but also how piously devoted his mother was to the Roman Catholic faith (2). With regard to the