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An epiphany is a sudden realization about the nature or meaning of something. An epiphany can often come about due to some experience that may trigger the sudden realization. In Stephen Hero (1904), Irish author James Joyce used the term epiphany to describe the moment when the “soul of the commonest object, seems to us radiant. The object achieves it epiphany.” 

The novelist Joseph Conrad described epiphany as “one of those rare moments of awakening” in which “everything [occurs] in a flash.” The epiphany of “Araby” comes at the conclusion of the story. As the boy “lingered before her stall, though I knew my stay was useless”, he realizes that his idealization of Mangan’s sister has been a senseless imagining to take him away from the “brown imperturbable faces” of his life: “Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.” 


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