I'm doing a powerpoint on Ivy Day in the Committee room from the Dubliners by James Joyce and I have to identify the elements of escape, paralysis, failure, epiphany and frustration, but I can't...

I'm doing a powerpoint on Ivy Day in the Committee room from the Dubliners by James Joyce and I have to identify the elements of escape, paralysis, failure, epiphany and frustration, but I can't seem to find any elements of escape. Can I get some help with that? 

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caledon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are two elements of escape that I would point to.

The first is the round of stout that the canvassers so anxiously expect. Alcohol has a well-established reputation for being a means of escaping from troubling thoughts or times, and the canvassers may be hoping to do the same. 

The second is the nature of their lives. In the wake of Parnell's death and absence from politics, these characters seem to have been stripped of ambition or hope. Their nature and their concerns are largely petty, and they seem to be aware of this, yet unable or unwilling to truly address it. Yet the fact that they look to the past, to Parnell, as a sign of better times, implies they are unsatisfied with the present and wish to escape it.

You might also argue that the characters are escaping from the bad weather outside, but I think this is a relatively minor point and not really as worthy as the other two.

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