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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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James Joyce was very well educated, and he often used classical rhetorical devices in his work. Despite being very simple in appearance, his stories usually have at least one very sophisticated...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 6:37 pm UTC

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Critic Florence Walzl in "Dubliners: Women in Irish Society" contends that Joyce challenges an authoritarian power structure by drawing "acerbic caricatures of masculine bravado." Joyce, she...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2010 9:07 am UTC

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One of the central themes of "The Dead" and indeed all of the stories from the book in which this story appears, Dubliners, is that of paralysis and the way that the past and deadening routines can...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2011 7:56 pm UTC

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Although a shy man, Gabriel Conroy has a somewhat supercilious attitude about him. For instance, he complains that he is late to the party given by his aunts because his wife "takes three mortal...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012 1:33 pm 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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Clearly, in this great short story by James Joyce, the protagonist is Gabriel. He, like all of Joyce's characters in his collection of short stories, Dubliners, experiences an epiphany at the end...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

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All but one of the above women could be described as being middle-class. The exception is Lily, who as a housemaid occupies a lower rung on the social ladder. Nonetheless, she, along with all the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2020 3:48 pm UTC

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When we consider what a Byronic hero is, we need to recall how Lord Byron, a man who was described as "mad, bad and dangerous to know," exemplifies this figure. A Byronic hero then is a flawed,...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2010 7:40 pm UTC

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If I had to provide a single word for Joyce's style in "The Dead" (besides "lovely"), I would say distancing. Look at the two sentences: " Lily, the caretaker's daughter,...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2008 1:03 am UTC

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The party that is described during this great short story--perhaps one of Joyce's best--details the opinions of the assembled masses concerning a number of different issues. However, if you are...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

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The dead is a seemingly easy story to understand on the surface. Its about a party and everyone's relationship within the party and to each other. THe story, however, goes much deeper that that,...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2007 11:40 pm UTC

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Gabriel Conroy, as the protagonist of "The Dead", exhibits many of the qualities common to many characters in James Joyce´s collection of short stories, the Dubliners. He appears to have many...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010 1:26 am UTC

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Molly and Gabriel disagree about the proper relationship to Irish literature and culture. Molly emphasizes knowing Irish language, literature, culture, and even landscape; Gabriel thinks it is...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2007 11:16 am UTC

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As Gabriel is awaiting supper and his speech, he stands by the window. He wishes he could be outside in the wintry weather where it would be cooler. He imagines walking outside by the river and in...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2020 3:19 am UTC

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Gabriel and his wife are in very different places emotionally. He is filled with affection for Greta, and, specifically, desire. He is thinking of her with lust, and imagining what he/they'll do...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2007 1:07 am UTC

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The character of Gabriel in “The Dead” is a professor who is a part-time author. He represents those who cling to the past and cannot understand how to negotiate modern changes. Gabriel has...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 7:22 am UTC

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Plagiarism is defined as using someone else's work as your own. If she admits to copying it, then she is technically not plagiarising....she is just not being a very good author.

Latest answer posted February 1, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

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The snow is connected to open spaces and, by extension, freedom in the story. Gabriel yearns to walk in the snow, to be outside, and to be free of the oppressive social situation he faces at the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 1:43 pm UTC

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Greta's long-held secret about her lover, Michael Furey, turns out to be the lynchpin that undoes Gabriel's sense of self and his masculine identity. In the time period of this story's publication,...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017 3:07 pm UTC

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In James Joyce's The Dead, the particularly poignant ending involves this very question. Gabriel does not change his circumstances but he does become aware of them. Specifically, Gabriel comes to...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 11:44 pm UTC

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Gabriel's experience at the dinner party is all about the mix of past and present experience. The most important juxtaposition is at the end when he realizes that he is not really in love with his...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2011 1:08 am UTC

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Gabriel is the protagonist of the story. He is a teacher and a writer accused of being a "West Briton" (pro-England). The story of "The Dead" is largely concerned with Gabriel's tensions and...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 2:24 pm UTC

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Throughout the story, the reader senses the weakness of character in Gabriel. When Lily, the caretaker's daughter whom he knew as a child and "used to sit on the lowest step" with her, replies to...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 2:17 am UTC

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Well, you might find it more beneficial to look at the whole story, in particular the epiphany of Gabriel Conroy at the end of this brilliant tale, and the way that he realises central truths about...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 6:55 pm UTC

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"The Dead" is the last short story in The Dubliners and is considered the finest. The Dubliners, published in 1914, represents many of the characteristics of modernist fiction. Such British...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 8:22 am UTC

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What precisely are you referring to by the "distant music image"? I wonder if you are talking about the last line of the text: His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 7:05 pm UTC

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To explain the theme of paralysis in “The Dead,” consider the final scenes between Gabriel and his wife, Gretta. After Gretta tells Gabriel about an important relationship from her past, Gabriel...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2021 3:55 pm UTC

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To analyze how the female protagonist in the “The Wager Story” (or the ninth story of the second day in Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron) triumphs over adversity, think about how Donna Zinevra...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 8:19 pm UTC

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At the end of James Joyce’s story “The Dead,” Gabriel Conroy experiences an epiphany after his wife, Gretta, tells him a story about her long-dead lover, Michael. Gabriel realizes that the love...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 6:04 am UTC

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Although Michael is dead, Gretta associates him with living life passionately and associates Gabriel with hardly living at all. Michael's memory is enough to imbue her with the spirit of life,...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2008 3:28 am UTC

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You are asking about James Joyce's short story "The Dead." It appears in his collection of stories titled Dubliners, published in 1914, and is probably the best-known story in that collection. It...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 9:13 pm UTC

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There are several issues that come to mind when dealing with your question. The first is that any form of ethical criticism assumes some particular ethical system as a criterion of judgement. Thus...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 11:19 am UTC

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Yes, what she has done is legal. Writing responses to earlier works is common throughout literature. Indeed, it happens in other arts as well. Painters return to the same sites as greats in the...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2008 10:31 am UTC

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This answer probably won't be much use to you because I'm not too sure on the point myself but here goes. In 'The Dead' some of the people that Gabriel meets at the party 'play' at being Irish i.e....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2008 5:43 pm UTC

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Interestingly, we are told that Joyce struggled to get "The Dead" and the other stories that accompanied it in his first work of fiction, the Dubliners, published. He had to work hard for seven...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010 1:33 am UTC

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