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In "Araby" How do the references from the dead priest,a chalice and the bazzar's churchly silence inform the understanding of the narrator's state of mind and quest?

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In the short story, Araby, the use of the dead priest, the chalice and the bazaar's churchly silence give the reader insight into the narrator's state of mind in many ways. First, we begin to see with a sort of dramatic irony that the priest's room and the priest's life have formerly been one of service, devotion and passion, but it is also easy to tell from the state of decay and disuse that those days of passion and prayer have long been over. The bazaar's churchly silence is meant to suggest an aura of the sacred, but in the end, what the narrator observes in not sacred, but profane. This all leads to the culmination of the narrator's realization.