How do jealousy and intellectual pride in James Joyce's "The Dead" attach to the character of Gabriel?
Gabriel is an intellectual – he is both a teacher and a book reviewer. Due to this, he, most of the time, feels alienated from the rest of the characters at the party and unable to relax unlike other guests who enjoy the conversation, food and drinks. His aunts believe he is the perfect person to give a speech and propose a toast, which is ironic, because he is rather removed from the local customs of his country, and he explicitly states during an argument with Miss Ivors how he is sick of his own country. He is viewed differently depending on the characters he communicates with. His aunts view him as a figure of admiration. However,...
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