Historical Context in Araby
The story of “Araby” is very much grounded in the reality of Joyce’s own history. When he was young his family lived in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, and in 1894 the Joyce’s lived in a house on North Richmond Street, just as the narrator does. During that year, Joyce himself attended the Araby bazaar, which was a featured attraction in Dublin during the 19th century. Other references to the Protestants and the Freemasons reflect Irish sentiment towards these groups at the time.