Dr. Sayyed Rahim Moosavinia & Morteza Shahrakzadeh,
Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran
Jim LeBlanc in his “All Work, No Play: The Refusal of Freedom in ‘Araby’,” gives a superb existentialist reading of the story, but the naïve conclusion therein persuaded this postcolonial reading of the story. In this study LeBlanc’s article is considered as the point of departure, and the discussion, although intermittently digressed, revolves around his reading of the story. To complete the discussion herein, the notions of work and play, the objective correlative in the story, and historical and textual allusions are incorporated to show the postcolonial elements of the work. Then, both discussions, LeBlanc’s and the present discussion, converge in conclusion section. Finally, this study achieves that the boy’s epiphany is not as superficial as that LeBlanc has concluded, but that it is of a greater value and for a greater good.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR) & The Fifth National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 31 January-1February 2019 , Iran-Ahwaz.