As part of Joyce’s Dubliners series – a series of short stories that depicts everyday life in Dublin during his time, Araby exhibited how people in said city perceived romantic love. Through the story, he illustrated that people in Dublin do not have much time to focus on romance, as shown in the dull reality surrounding the narrator. The narrator’s despair that led him to stop his romantic pursuit for Mangan’s sister and the anonymity of the main characters (Joyce did not name the main characters) reflected an outright disregard of the importance of love in the story. The uninspiring setting of the story granted greater weight to the frustration of the narrator to pursue love – a depiction of the lack of contentment of people in Dublin when it comes to such aspect. It is in that wise where Joyce attempted to assert that people living in Dublin – at least during his lifetime, have aspired for new experiences that could refresh them from their dull environment, particularly those brought by romantic love.