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How is Irish culture maintained in the short story, "The Dead"?  

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James Joyce's "The Dead" is a story of Irish people who are caught between memories of the Irish past and a paralysis that is connected to the English domination of Ireland.

Here are ways in which the Irish culture is sustained in "The Dead":

  • The Dubliners hold the traditional party and annual dance on the Feast of the Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas)
  • Traditional music is played and songs sung.
  • When Gabriel is asked to speak, he is "undecided" about lines from Robert Browning, an English poet whose writing was abstruse to many. Gabriel considers quoting from Thomas More's Irish Melodies

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