Considering their time and background, what does Miss Ivors's confrontation with Gabriel manifest in "The Dead"?

In "The Dead," the row between Miss Ivors and Gabriel could be a manifestation of the larger political conflict between Ireland and England. Miss Ivors calls Gabriel "West Briton," which suggests he's more partial to England than his own country. The spat could also be another representation of Gabriel's conflict with women. The confrontation could also link to Gabriel's inability to confront who he is. He seems unsure of his own identity. When he looks in the mirror, he's "puzzled."

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One way to look at the conflict between Miss Ivors and Gabriel is to put in context of Ireland and its quest for independence from England. Remember, Dubliners was published in 1914, a few years before Ireland would fight its War of Independence against Britain.

What is Miss Ivors wearing? She has on a large brooch with an "an Irish device and motto." We might say Miss Ivors represents Ireland. She's a strong supporter of the Irish nation.

As for Gabriel, where do his feelings lie? Does Gabriel seem tied to Ireland? Who does he quote in his speech? Is it an...

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