In the story “Araby,” the narrator embarks on a quest to impress his friend’s older sister. What is interesting to note, however, is that she lives right next to him. So close that we can consider her as practically living on top of the home icon that represents his house. Nevertheless, he feels he needs to venture away from her to achieve his goal. The length of his journey is easily seen from the map above. The length of the journey illustrates his ultimate disappointment, as well as his naivety. If she lives next to him, why should he go so far away to impress her? This is what he ultimately realizes in the final line of the story, realizing the vanity and futility of his journey.