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Dubliners Teaching Unit
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- Joyce refers to the stories The Sisters, An Encounter, and Araby as representing Childhood. Briefly summarize each of these stories. What aspects of Childhood does each story explore? How do the protagonists of each story get along with the adults in their life?
- Which stories in the collection does Joyce consider to be representative ofAdolescence? Why?
- What does the reader learn about the lives of young women in Dublin from the story Eveline? In your opinion, is Eveline trapped in her life?
- Do you feel any sympathy for the character Jimmy in After the Race? What subtle comment on businessmen in Dublin is Joyce making in this story?
- Why is it ironic that Corley is swindling the young woman out of her hard-earned money in the story Two Gallants? What subtle political comment might Joyce be making about the police in this story? What is the overall theme of this story?
- How would you describe Polly in the story The Boarding House? Is she a moral young woman? What are her goals and dreams? Does she achieve them by the end of the story?
- Why is Chandler from the story The Little Cloud referred to as Little Chandler? At the beginning of the story, Little Chandler is excited about his reunion with Gallaher. What dream does Little Chandler hope Gallaher will help him to achieve? In your opinion, to what extent is Little Chandler trapped or paralyzed by the circumstances of his life, so that he is unable to break away from his dull or unsatisfying life?
- What is the significance of the title of the story Counterparts? Why might the ending of this story be called ironic?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.