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In James Joyce’s anthology, The Dubliners (specifically, ‘The Sisters’) what was the message of the story, and what ideas were conveyed?

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"The Sisters," by James Joyce, is the first story in the Dubliners.  It is also one of the most difficult stories.  It seems incomplete.  There is much we, the readers, do not know.  But you can look at the story in three different ways:

(a) the effects of adults on a child:  The narrator is the lone child in a world of adults.  His relationship with Father Flynn, while intellectually stimulating, is uncomfortable.  He learns much about the church from the priest, but the boy is repulsed by Father Flynn's physical deterioriation and emotional instability.  It is possible that the priest may have molested...

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