Further exploration of Araby

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I have taken some time to adjust my paths to a route the boy might have traveled, staying along roads and train tracks.  What I am most interested in knowing is a bit more about how train tracks work, because I'm not entirely sure my train route is all correct.  The bazaar is now represented by a pair of masks, indicating the mixed nature of that end to the boy's quest.  I have also changed colours a bit, so that pink represents the neighborhood of his childhood, cyan the quest and the journey towards adulthood on foot, and red the same by train. 

The Romance of Araby

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What I found stood out most when I mapped Araby was the extreme smallness of his home neighborhood, when compared to the great distance he travels on his quest of romanticism.  I started out very small--marking a tentative house for the boy, one across the street for the girl, the route to his school where he followed her every day... and then turned to searching for the train station.  I was immediately struck by just how small a space he inhabits to start with.

Araby, of course, is commonly typed as a coming-of-age story, and this spacial sense of the story emphasizes this point even more clearly.  Another common literary and philosophical trope arises as a result--that of the female as the civilizing, maturing factor for the male.  Seen as far back as the Gilgamesh epic, where the woman Shamhat is presented as the civilizing influence who brings Enkidu out of the wilderness and makes him into a man, this idea of the woman's role is a critical one in literary tradition, one that I missed when I first read through Araby

Mapping actually highlights this idea, by pulling the reader back far enough to recognize the incredible distance he travels in the name of the romantic quest, which of course results in his disillusionment and awakening to the real world.  The girl, in this light, becomes a far more interesting, powerful character, one who is intimately involved with the process of  his maturation, even if she is not actually sexually involved.

Araby Chivalric Quest

My map tracks the protagonist's romantic quest, beginning with his first social encounter with his object of infatuation and ending with the final destination of the journey--the bazaar.  The length of his journey geographically supports the claim that his excursion to the bazaar was indeed a romantic quest.  Before the journey, his life was played out in a relatively small, two-block area, but his quest expanded his radius from (roughly) 50m to 5 km.

On another note, this mapping project revealed how many real places Joyce references in his short story.  Although this is not entirely unusual for an author to do, it does make the story more realistic.  The more points I marked on the map, the more alive and substantial the story became to me.



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By mapping Araby I could see how long the boy's travel to get to the Bazaar was and it was long. Mapping the journey it was interesting to see where he traveled. Having gone to Ireland myself I remembered familiar places in Dublin and I can't believe that I didn't realize that places we probably passed were connected to Araby. So I find that really fascinating and it shows how mapping can help open up different views. By mapping Araby one can see how the story progresses and the feelings of the boy change. With the story being so short it’s not surprising that the journey of the boy felt short. Mapping out the journey I could see how the boy’s journey was actually long and it changed my view of how the boy began to change due to the coldness of reality. 

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Map of Araby

I mapped the route from the boys house to the Araby Bazaar. I find it very interesting to see how far he had to travel to get to the bazaar and how far he was willing to travel for a girl. I am not sure if I mapped the route 100% correctly, but regardless the overall journey was rather large for a young boy. Today, the journey may not seem so far, but I imagine that it was much farther in his time.

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Araby Lab

During our lab, I put place marks in places I thought corresponded with Joyce's story.  Also, I went to www.walkscore.com to look for a place that might serve as a market in Joyce's time.  My best guess (at the moment) is Pearse Square.  Take a look:


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Map of "Araby" Journey

Here is a map showing the boy's walk down Buckingham St. to the tram, which he takes to Westland Row (now Pearse Station), and gets on a train (now the DART) to Sandymount, and then walks to the bazaar. It is color coded for mode of transportation (blue = walking; red = tram; green = train).

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Life and Art


  • Most frequent: art, life, great, man, war
  • Most notable peaks: world, form, men, nature, new
  • Most distinctive: arghol, know, evadne, florence, black, war, blenner, crowd, multum, paintin

Interesting how it's about war, but life is a frequently used word, rather than death, which differs from the information we extrapolated from Little Review using Gephi.

  • Number of documents: 2
  • Longest word count: Blast 1
  • Highest vocabulary density: Blast 2



  • Most frequent: art, little, time, life, artist
  • Most notable peaks: painting, artist, la, life, little
  • Most distinctive: artist, english, great, modern, white, bestre, et, le, les, la

What does this say about the context?: Much like BLAST, there is a correlation between life and art.

  • Number of documents: 2
  • Longest word count: Tyro 2
  • Highest vocabulary density: Tyro 1

New Freewoman & Egoist

The reason I chose to look at these two journals in particular was the New Freewoman turned into the  Egoist. I wanted to note the similarities and the changes that were made between the two. I started by comparing man/men with woman/women and I also compared life/death. One of my finds was that there was a shift from the New Freewoman talking about women to men in the Egoist. Life and death were focused on about the same in both journals. 

In Freewoman the majority of the journal peaked woman and women, but changed towards the end. In the Egoist men and man were more frequent than women and woman. When comparing life and death by itself life was way above death and when comparing life and death with man and woman life was more often right along the same path as man. Death was still on the lower part of the scale. From these two points the journals are about life and the direction men are taking. Women was a focus for a short time, but men ultimately became dominant. The other interesting point in this is the Freewoman journal only had 13 documents where the Egoist had 74.

I then compared the more frequent words and the more notable peaks in the journals. In Freewoman the more frequent words were: man, men, life, women and new. The notable peaks were: make, little, say, things and think. In Egoist the frequent words were: life, man, new, said and time. The notable peaks were: given, way, course and le. 

I took two words from each journal and compared them together. The word new is more apparent in both journals and time is more dominate in the Egoist, but time, make and think are not as important in the Freewoman. It appears that the Egoist became a more forward thinking journal as soon as it moved away from the Freewoman.