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Mrs. Mooney's daughter, Polly, is well known as a "naughty girl," as she sings in a song, or even a "perverse little madonna," as she appears to be when she speaks with anyone as a result of the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 12:47 pm UTC

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Polly's and Mr. Doran's epiphany is that they find themselves in a situation they want to escape from but they can't. Some refer to this feeling of being stuck as a kind of paralysis. The epiphany...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 2:24 pm UTC

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In Joyce's "The Boarding House," it is clear that Mr. Doran is a serious-minded, industrious, careful young man ("All his long years of service gone for nothing! All his industry and diligence...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2010 10:48 am UTC

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The point referenced in the other answer to this question is a very good one, and it certainly pinpoints a climax in the story. However, there is another potential climax in the story or, at the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 4:31 pm UTC

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The first thing you need to understand about Polly is that she goes out of her way to draw the attention of the boarders, with the intention of choosing one who might make her a suitable husband....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2021 7:48 pm UTC

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In The Boarding House, we are introduced to a harsh woman right from the beginning. Mrs Mooney is a "butcher's daughter" and her abilities with a meat cleaver should not be challenged especially as...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 6:19 am UTC

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Mrs. Mooney is the clear protagonist of "The Boarding House" in James Joyce's short story collection Dubliners. The story begins with her perspective, and her concerns and actions drive the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 5:02 pm UTC

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Doran has had an affair with Mrs. Mooney’s daughter, Polly. The text seems to imply in various ways that Mrs. Mooney actually encouraged the affair when it happened by turning a blind eye to it....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 12:58 pm UTC

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In The Boarding House, Mrs Mooney has found it necessary to leave her abusive husband and has managed to get a separation order from the church after he chased her with a meat cleaver. To provide...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 11:13 am UTC

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The Boarding House is one of a series of stories from The Dubliners by James Joyce. There is a recurring theme as the characters try to escape their mundane, restricted, morally-lacking existences...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 2:16 pm UTC

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Mr. Doran experiences moral paralysis as he finds himself trapped between doing what he feels he is expected to do and what he would like to do. Mrs. Mooney is aware of the relationship between her...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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In The Boarding House, Polly is a victim of her time. Her mother was barely able to escape Polly's abusive and drunk father but managed to get a separation - not a divorce which would have been...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 7:26 am UTC

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Setting/Plot-The setting of “The Boarding House” is the boarding house that Mrs. Mooney has opened as a means of support after separating from an alcoholic husband. Mrs. Mooney has made the...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 11:21 pm UTC

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Mrs. Mooney has always kept a close eye on her daughter Polly's interactions with her many male boarders. These men invariably flirt with the pretty young lady, but as such behavior never actually...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 11:39 am UTC

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The setting of this short story, the eponymous boarding house, is a place of work and leisure. It is work for Mrs. Mooney and leisure for her guests. Mrs. Mooney attempts to keep work and leisure...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 4:29 pm UTC

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After drowning his sorrows at a pub after work, the lowly scrivener Farrington makes his lonely way home, where he proceeds to take out his frustrations on his son, whom he subjects to a savage...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2020 1:27 pm UTC

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In The Boarding House, the reader is introduced to Mrs Mooney who escapes her drunken and abusive husband and sets up business for herself, caring and providing for her children. In her own way,...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 6:52 am UTC

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From looking just at the characters and their motivations, you get a clear sense of the importance of money and the drive to insure a steady income for Polly, and particularly in the case of Mrs....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 10:14 pm UTC

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