Imagery in Araby
Much of the tired, gloomy imagery Joyce uses in “Araby” can be connected to the historic context of the story. Joyce specifically uses contrasting light and shadow imagery to demonstrate the difference between the bright, religious idealization and the grim reality of the narrator’s life. Mangan’s sister is often described as being bathed in a kind of holy light; while the end of the story, when the narrator makes it to the Araby bazaar, is rife with dark, dreary images.
Imagery Examples in Araby:
"two men were counting money on a salver..." See in text (Araby)
"the brown-clad figure cast by my imagination..." See in text (Araby)
"the white border of a petticoat..." See in text (Araby)
"lit up her hair that rested there..." See in text (Araby)
"odours arose from the ashpits..." See in text (Araby)