The characters in Araby display a wide spectrum of vanity that encompasses a variety of people. The narrator of the story is the best example of vanity. He is obsessed with a girl that lives next door to him. He never remarks about her personality but does remark that "her image accompanied me even in places the most hostile to romance." A mind that is only intrigued by images is the pinnacle of vanity. Another
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his sin of vanity and will not be stopped by a forgetful uncle or anything else that could hinder his pleasure.
Character traits and events that take place within Araby are used to portray the sin of vanity that is very dominant throughout the story. A predominant effect of vanity causes a degradation of the spirit and free thought. James Joyce provides the reader a glimpse into the selfishness of one boy's drive towards sin.