A priest used to live in the narrator??? But for the residents, everything is just fine, but of course, it isn??? A sense of time being frozen can be inferred from the setting of the story, shown by the things left behind by the dead priest that are still in the house that are virtually untouched.
On another level the story consists of a grown man's remembered experience, for a man who looks back to a particular moment of intense meaning and insight tells the story in retrospect As follows, Araby is a story of an epiphany that is centered on a principal deception or failure, a fundamental imperfection that results in an ultimate realization of life, spirit, and disillusionment Isolation makes people do the craziest of things.
The Dead Priest and the Drawing Room The old drawing room also created an atmosphere of isolation that housed the hopes of the narrator.
To Joyce, an epiphany occurs at the instant when the essence of a character is revealed, when all the forces that endure and influence his life converge, and when we can, in that moment, comprehend and appreciate him. The air in the drawing room is??? The sub setting takes place in an Araby or English bazaar, a carnival if you will.
Darkness is used throughout the story as the prevailing theme. An epiphany is a moment when the essence of a character is revealedwhen all the forces that bear on his life converge, and the reader can, in that instant, understand him.
Joyce's description of North Richmond Street evokes images of a vacuous, joyless, and stagnant environment.
Light is used to create a joyful atmosphere. The inhabitants of the houses emulate the feeling of detachment brought about by their isolated location.