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The symbol of snow stretches throughout the entire story "The Dead" by James Joyce. In the very beginning of the story, the snow is beginning to fall. Gabriel comes in wearing galoshes and brushing...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 7:48 pm UTC

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Both previous editors are correct here in identifying that the conflict is both internal and external, in that the characters represent different views or opinions within Ireland of the time of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010 8:49 am UTC

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Death is ever present in Joyce's "The Dead"—literally, figuratively, and most importantly of all, culturally. Yet meaningful communication dies a death too. Ireland's status as a British imperial...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 12:25 pm UTC

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Gabriel's speech in "The Dead" is full of irony and foreshadowing. The irony is primarily dramatic irony, which occurs when the reader knows something that the character doesn't. At this point in...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 2:52 pm UTC

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In order to help you with your question on examples of Modernism in James Joyce’s great short short story “The Dead,” let us first review some of the important aspects of the Modernist movement as...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 9:24 pm UTC

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In the main characters in "The Dubliners" there is an emotional and spiritual paralysis; the realization of this is a character's epiphany. Gabriel reaches his epiphany as snow...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008 2:52 pm UTC

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The place to look at is the end of this amazing story that so powerfully introduces ideas of mortality and our own ephemeral nature as human beings. Having been told the story of Michael Furey by...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011 7:51 pm UTC

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Gabriel Conroy starts out as a rather superficial man. He cares more about appearing charming and intelligent than actually being so. His relationship with his wife, Gretta, lacks much as well. He...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 3:54 am UTC

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James Joyce’s “The Dead” is a short story with many interesting themes and there are thus many interesting thesis statements one could write about it. Consider how Gabriel is a man who struggles...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2020 11:48 pm UTC

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Gabriel's speech is ironic for a number of reasons. For one thing, he refers to "our" country, meaning Ireland. Yet it's clear that this is a man who doesn't feel much loyalty towards his native...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018 8:12 am UTC

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A Christmas party is an appropriate setting for "The Dead" as it shows the extent to which the assembled guests have attempted to lay the ghosts of the past to rest. Just over half a century before...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020 6:21 am UTC

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In the introduction to the Dubliners published by Penguin Books, Dubliners is declared a "stages of man" collection of related stories. And, as such, it is a narrative replete with church-related...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011 10:04 am UTC

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One of the story's themes is that past times—symbolized by the dead—are always with us, part of the pattern of life. The Christmas party setting reinforces this theme, for the past is woven...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019 2:22 pm UTC

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The term "epiphany" refers to the Christian feast of the Epiphany on January 6th commemorating the three kings who visited Christ with gifts when he was born. More generally, the term refers to "a...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020 6:16 pm UTC

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Gabriel quarrels with his mother over a conception of Gretta, Gabriel's wife. Gabriel's mother is described as a person with some ambitions for her children and some considerable pride. Gabriel...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 2:01 pm UTC

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"The Dead" is the final story in James Joyce's "The Dubliners," a collection of short stories about Joyce's beloved Ireland, an Ireland he felt was crippled by its "spiritual paralysis." In the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2009 2:20 am UTC

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Interestingly, the names of Joyce's main character in his story, "The Dead," contrasts greatly with the name of his wife's first love. As biblical names of two archangels, Gabriel was the more...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011 3:55 am UTC

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"The Dead" is about the way the dead haunt the living. The title reflects the theme of the story. Gabriel feels haunted in general by the Irish past and his inability to escape it. More...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 9:37 pm UTC

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"The Dead" climaxes when Gretta shares the story of the boy who loved her, Michael Furey. She loved him greatly, but often, the already sick Michael insisted on meeting her in the damp chill and...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2019 6:54 pm UTC

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Your question refers to the "epiphany" or revelation that Gabriel undergoes at the end of the story. What is key to focus on is how the rest of the story builds up to this moment of revelation or...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010 12:49 am UTC

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Gabriel tries to make small talk with the servant Lily as she helps him off with his coat. He condescendingly asks her if she is still in school, and when she says she is not, he responds gaily...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 4:36 am UTC

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Gabriel's name is in itself important, meaning 'man of God' in Hebrew and being also the name of the archangel in the Bible who speaks to the virgin Mary and explains that her pregnancy is a sign...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 12:48 pm UTC

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Michal Furey loved Gretta so much that he, a (probably) tubercular worker in a potentially carcinogenic workplace (the gasworks) risked his already fragile health to come stand in her back garden...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2009 12:03 pm UTC

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In Joyce's short story, "The Dead," the Three Graces are Gabriel's aunts and cousin and are likened to the three graces from Greek mythology. The setting of the story is Dublin at the Misses...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 4:16 pm UTC

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Well done for identifying the use of epiphany by Joyce in these two great short stories. Joyce, in the collection of stories under the title Dubliners, uses epiphany again and again to highlight...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011 9:07 pm UTC

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Joyce presents elements of traditional Irish culture in "The Dead." For example, there are some stock Irish characters. Miss Julia and Miss Kate hold concerts for their music students. They are...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2017 7:55 pm UTC

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Fire is the symbol of life. There is a quote referring to the burning of the "turf fire", meaning the home fire. This fire gives light and warmth to the family. It is a living source...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2007 10:04 pm UTC

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Most of what we learn about Gabriel Conroy comes from his thoughts. Specifically, his daydreams are telling in regards to his character. At one point during the party, Gabriel retreats to the...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013 2:36 pm UTC

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Focusing on the protagonist, Gabriel, the first theme delineated is that of self-esteem or self-consciousness. Gabriel is overly concerned with the reactions of others. He recoils from his aunt's...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2007 12:46 am UTC

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Stream-of-consciousness narration developed in the early twentieth century, especially after 1910, as a response to the assuredness of Victorian and Edwardian prose. It's associated with modernism...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 11:12 am UTC

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Another interpretation of Gabriel is that he represents Joyce and what would have become of him had he not left Ireland. Like Joyce, Gabriel has lost his mother at an early age, he writes for the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 9:00 am UTC

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A literary man who is well-educated, Gabriel Conroy is the guest speaker for his two aunts at the Christmas party. When he arrives, he teases that his wife takes three hours to ready herself; then...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011 4:31 am UTC

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All the various manifestations of winter are used to symbolize mortality in "The Dead." The snow, like death, falls indiscriminately on each and every one of Dublin's inhabitants. Though physically...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 8:30 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 7:20 pm UTC

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Doubts arise about the adequacy of Gabriel’s perspective when Gabriel dances with Miss Ivors. During this scene, Ivors says Gabriel should be “ashamed” for contributing to an English paper called...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021 2:23 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 12:33 am UTC

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As I read James Joyce's short story "The Dead," Gabriel misunderstands pretty much everyone he interacts with, not just his wife. The epiphany (as Gabriel's sudden realization at the story's end is...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 6:29 am UTC

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Much of this story is told in stream-of-consciousness style, following first the flow of the maid Lily's thoughts and then the flow of Gabriel's thoughts. When Gabriel arrives at the Christmas...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017 10:14 pm UTC

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One way to look at the conflict between Miss Ivors and Gabriel is to put in context of Ireland and its quest for independence from England. Remember, Dubliners was published in 1914, a few years...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2020 4:39 pm UTC

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Gabriel Conroy is really too self-centered to have any kind of meaningful relationship with a woman. He's a man who likes to be in control of things, and he sees women as somehow getting in the way...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 9:55 am UTC

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Perhaps one comparison that can be made between Gabriel Conroy and Michael Furey of James Joyce's short story "The Dead" is that they are both dead. While Michael Furey is, of course, literally...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 1:43 am UTC

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...He wondered at his riot of emotions of an hour before. From what had it proceeded? From his aunt's supper, from his own foolish speech, from the wine and dancing, the merry-making when saying...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2012 1:32 pm UTC

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This is a great question - perfect for an essay, as you are completely right to focus on how the various female characters in this incredible short story reveal more about Gabriel's character. It...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 6:32 am UTC

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All of the stories in Dubliners share a dominant theme: the cultural and intellectual paralysis of contemporary Ireland. In "Araby" a young boy wishes to escape from his crushingly drab, unstable...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2018 7:00 pm UTC

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The climax of "The Dead" features a breakdown in Gretta that is preceded by a near-breakdown in Gabriel. The two experience emotional turmoil for quite different reasons. Gabriel begins to watch...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 1:34 pm UTC

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The themes of frustration and desire are most clearly seen in Gabriel's wife's memory of her love for Michael Furey, that seems to be so intense and strong, and stands in such contrast with their...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2013 6:07 am UTC

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The themes of futility and an unlived life are most clearly expressed in the final scene of the story, when Gretta and Gabriel have a conversation about a boy she loved when she was very young. She...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 4:38 am UTC

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I am not too sure about your hints you have been given, but I will compare the two characters in this amazing short story. Remember that we never actually meet Michael Furey, but his surname,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010 1:00 am UTC

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In James Joyce's "The Dead," Gabriel Conroy presents an interesting patriarchal figure. On the one hand, he is shown to be an important person in his own family, the classic male patriarch; on the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 3:20 am UTC

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One of the defining characteristics about Joyce's work in Dubliners is that each story features the main protagonist having an epiphany, or sudden insight or realisation about himself or herself....

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010 6:29 pm UTC

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