Running Head: Puppy Love
Love is used so commonly in today‘s society. From puppy love to true love and everything in between, the word love has many several meanings in any language, from something as simple as “I love that car” to something one would die for such as family or beliefs. It can describe a deep feeling of affection, an emotion or frame of mind. In ordinary use, it usually refers to interpersonal love.
In James Joyce's short story "Araby," the main character is a young boy who confused with this thing called love. This boy does not understand why all of his thoughts, ideas, and actions revolve around this girl. Throughout this short story, there are many examples that reveal the boy's puppy love for the girl.
When the boy first describes the girl, you can see his affection for her. He seems to notice every detail such as "her dress swung as she moved her body and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side" (Joyce,1914, p. 291). When a person has a crush on someone they remember such tiny details like the way their hair looks or what they wore two weeks ago.
The young boy shows his affection for the girl is through his actions. Every morning, he waits peering thru the window for the girl to appear, and then he follows her. He would never speak to her but did the same routine everyday. He would think of her in the most random places. On Saturday’s he would be in the market with his aunt thinking of her and would randomly say her name. He became infatuated with her. He did not understand the feelings and was unsure if they would ever talk and what he would say if they ever did speak “…if I spoke to her, how I could tell her of my confused adoration.” (Joyce, 1914, p.291). His crush began to grow when she finally speaks to him. She asks him if he will be attending a bazaar and if he does if he will pick her up something for she will not be able to attend. He tells her if he attends, he will bring her...