My story “Araby” is a great example of how Ireland and its unique culture manifested itself so deep in my literature despite spending most of my adult life in self-imposed exile from my native land. While this presence of Ireland continues throughout my works it doesn’t limit the perspective from which I write but rather it strengthens my perspective. This story “Araby” comes from my work Dubliners, a set of descriptive tales centered in the city, By using embedding my writing in the culture I’m free to view the society on multiple levels of religion, politics, and tradition’s effect on common Dublin life. In ensuing works I pushed the limits of conventional narrative and plot structure with dense writings like Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. I feel that it’s an interesting point that one can interpret a setting on so many different levels rather than simply as a location. Culture can shape plot, even the dialect and patois of the work, an effect that I felt gave my writing a honest view of people while delving deep into psyches and passions.