Discuss the themes of frustration and desire in "The Dead."

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The themes of frustration and desire are most clearly seen in Gabriel's wife's memory of her love for Michael Furey, that seems to be so intense and strong, and stands in such contrast with their own passion and love. What makes this memory so ironic is the way that Gabriel was thinking at the same time of his own passion for Greta:

Gabriel felt humilated by the failure of his irony and by the evocation of this figure from the dead, a boy in the gasworks. While he had been full of memories of their secret life together, full of...

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