"The Boarding House" by James Joyce is a clear and powerful portrayal of moral paralysis of the citizens in Dublin. Discuss."The Boarding House" by James Joyce is a clear and powerful portrayal of...

"The Boarding House" by James Joyce is a clear and powerful portrayal of moral paralysis of the citizens in Dublin. Discuss.

"The Boarding House" by James Joyce is a clear and powerful portrayal of moral paralysis of the citizens in Dublin. Discuss.

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In Joyce's "The Boarding House" (short story titles need only be placed in quotes, rather than italicized), from the short story collection, Dubliners (a full-length collection, thus italicized), a mother-daughter combination double team an unaware man to snag a husband for the daughter.

While the daughter's knowledge or lack thereof of her mother's plan before the husband-to-be is caught might be debatable, she is certainly satisfied with the result once he is secured. 

Another side of this issue is the naivete of the man and his willingness to be caught, to blindly go along with the trap for moral reasons.  Traditions and customs promoted by the church aid the mother in trapping him, and he allows it to happen.

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