What do the characters imply in The Dubliners in terms of giving value to the collection?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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James Joyce wrote The Dubliners to provide a portrait of his home city for his fellow Dubliners and the rest of the world; to give an accurate picture of Dubliners and of life in Dublin. Therefore what the characters imply (i.e., indirectly point out) is the quality of life in Dublin; the struggles to survive in Dublin; the vices that corrupt Dubliners and torture the children of Dublin; the political, social and cultural powers that mold, restrict, confine, govern, and direct the lives and natures of Dubliners at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. Some of these factors were the earlier impoverishing agricultural disasters; man-power draining immigrations; oppressive English government; poverty; low-paying jobs; personal and family discontent; alcoholism; and family tyranny and violence. Therefore the value of the implications drawn from the characters in The Dubliners is the accurate and detailed picture of life and reality in Joyce's Dublin that these characters present to the world.

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