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As the other answer to this question suggests, Joyce does not use stream of consciousness narration in Dubliners; he uses that technique most famously in his later novel Ulysses, which depicts the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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The stories, as the title indicates, are linked together by the Dublin (Irish) experience as Joyce understood it. They are also linked by the experimental method Joyce used to end each story....

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First published in 1914, Dubliners is James Joyce’s collection of fifteen short stories which depict life in the Irish middle class. A key theme throughout the collection is the social paralysis...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020, 3:52 am (UTC)

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Taken just as you've written it, without examining the context, you'd need to center on "scrupulous meanness." Joyce says that he wrote Dubliners with scrupulous meanness. Scrupulous means to have...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2011, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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James Joyce includes “The Dead” as part of his novel Dubliners and, in it, we can see the title played out in the way the characters are “dead” to themselves and the world. They act one way but are...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2022, 12:25 am (UTC)

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In addition to the possible theses outlined in the other answer to this question, it's worth considering building a thesis around the absence of father figures in these three stories. Indeed,...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2018, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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Free indirect discourse is when the point of view slides from third-person omniscient narration to inside the head of a particular person in a story without indicating the change. Jane Austen is...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018, 4:44 pm (UTC)

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Both Eveline and the young adolescent narrator of "Araby" come from lower middle class Dublin families. Both have little status within their family units. Both feel frustrated and suffocated by...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy in Joyce's "After the Race" from Dubliners is obsessed with being with and accepted by his European continental friends. He is the paralyzed Dubliner typical of the short story collection...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2011, 2:06 am (UTC)

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James Joyce writes of the tragic Irish of Dublin in his anthology of stories, "The Dubliners." For one thing, there is often a delusion that occurs with these characters as they attempt to alter...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010, 7:42 am (UTC)

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It is clear that the characters of Eveline and Polly in these two short stories are very different and are presented in contrasting ways by Joyce. Eveline is a character who feels burdened by her...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013, 7:14 am (UTC)

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, paralysis is "a state of powerlessness or incapacity to act." In the short story "An Encounter" from the collection Dubliners by James Joyce, the author...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020, 12:57 am (UTC)

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Eveline and Maria are connected by their sense of duty and their desire for independence. Eveline, as a young girl of nineteen, faces a choice: whether to stay with her abusive father or run off to...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Most Dubliners share the same trait: they are paralyzed and prevented from living fulfilling lives. Various characters recognize their inability to move forward, but most do nothing about it....

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019, 4:12 am (UTC)

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The story makes it clear that Jimmy's father's prosperity has been something that has allowed Jimmy to receive a much higher standard of education than his background and class would have...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013, 7:29 am (UTC)

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While there is no specific story from Dubliners that is stated in the question, a safe assumption would be that the question refers to the first story. “The Sisters” establishes Joyce’s depressing...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019, 1:33 am (UTC)

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In Dubliners, Joyce uses the window as a motif and a symbol, at first of paralysis and eventually of hope. An important theme in the book is that people must take responsibility for the directions...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Joyce's main character, the unnamed narrator, feels the paralysis of his mundane existence. When he plays Wild West at Joe Dillon's, he longs for "real adventures to happen to myself." The game...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2021, 1:34 am (UTC)

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In order to find a symbol that will connect the three stories about childhood in Dubliners, you will likely find it helpful to compare the themes of the stories first and then focus on the ways...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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Social, intellectual, and cultural paralysis; together, they constitute the main theme of Dubliners, Joyce's renowned collection of short stories. As both a man and artist, Joyce didn't feel at...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2021, 7:11 am (UTC)

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What attracts Eveline more than anything else is the prospect of escape from a life of drudgery, hardship and suffering. The powerful memory she has of how her mother lived her life and how she...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013, 6:56 am (UTC)

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Having intended for Dubliners to be a tableau of the city and its people, both to themselves and to others, James Joyce connects his stories as the "stages of man." For, he has planned three...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013, 8:22 pm (UTC)

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The most striking similarity between the stories is the stifling gender roles under which the women live in each. Eveline and Polly both live in households where women must do all that needs to be...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008, 2:23 am (UTC)

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There are a number of political representations in Dubliners by James Joyce, primarily driven through the idea of Irish nationalism. During the early twentieth century, the Irish found themselves...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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In general, women bear the brunt of the cultural paralysis that is the main theme of Joyce's Dubliners. For the most part, the female characters in these stories lead stunted lives, intellectually...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019, 9:28 am (UTC)

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"Eveline" is certainly an appropriate choice for the essay on Dublin's being "the soul of hemiplegia and paralysis" as the concept of paralysis drives this story. From the very beginning of this...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2014, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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While you have not specified which of Joyce's stories from Dubliners you are referring to, I can assume that you are referring to "An Encounter," as it is the only story to feature school-aged boys...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019, 8:35 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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This is a tricky, but absolutely essential, question. James Joyce's Dubliners relies upon the concept of epiphany, as each story generally involves a character coming to a dramatic realization or...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 6:58 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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The presence of priests in many of the stories contained in James Joyce's Dubliners symbolizes the presence of Catholicism in the lives of the Irish, an often overbearing presence that stultifies...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2014, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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Joyce's theory of life is perhaps best summed up by George Orwell in his essay "Inside the Whale": What Joyce is saying is "Here is life without God. Just look at it!" Orwell is specifically...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021, 5:36 pm (UTC)

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What is distinctive about Joyce's work is his use of epiphanies, or moments of sudden realisation, when characters realise essential facts about themselves or their context. "Araby" is of course...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2010, 8:17 am (UTC)

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One of the primary recurring themes when speaking broadly about Dubliners is the idea of slow stagnation or complete paralysis in one's personal development and how that might relate to a larger...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020, 2:19 am (UTC)

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One Joycean ending I will never forget is the empty depressed atmosphere at the close of 'The Dead' short story. Gabriel realizes that after all the diligent steady work he has put into his life,...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2010, 12:44 am (UTC)

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The story "Eveline" is one example of a person desiring to escape a constricting life in Dublin. Her mother has died, her tyrannical father demands she turns her earnings over to him, and she...

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When I first read James Joyce's Dubliners, I found the short story "After the Race" to be the most difficult to understand. Indeed, I actually found it boring, initially. However, after reading it...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016, 12:00 am (UTC)

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One similarity you have already noted is that the two young women are about the same age. Both of them must also endure the behavior of a less than perfect parent. Eveline must tolerate an...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2008, 4:55 am (UTC)

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I do enjoy Joyce, but it's not an easy read. I enjoy a challenge though. As for depressing stories, they are entertaining- just not in the same way as happy ones. I can stand hardly anything...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011, 6:15 am (UTC)

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One of the primary tenets of the modernist period was the belief among artists that their artwork, including literature, could create social change and cure social ills. In American literature,...

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Paralysis is manifested or represented in Dubliners through the depiction of bleak, dull, brown city caught in the past and in the thrall of the Irish Catholic Church. The paralysis is most...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2021, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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In both "Eveline" and "The Boarding House," it becomes apparent that the lives of the Irish women of Joyce's stories are certainly limited. For both Eveline and Polly marriage seems to be the only...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013, 9:01 am (UTC)

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Consider structuring this essay around the texts and the multipart question. The first part of the essay can approach the first element of the question. It can discuss how the three texts reflect...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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For many of the characters in Dubliners, their socioeconomic status seems rather unfavorable. Their lack of resources often leads them to seek and glorify money and those who have it. Let's start...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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In the opening story "The Sisters" from The Dubliners, you might find the answer to the question in the italicized words: gnomon, paralysis, and simony. These form the heart of what plagues the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010, 11:29 am (UTC)

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As the question itself states, you are not being asked to write an essay here. A "reflection statement" should be your personal reflection on what you have learned from your reading and from your...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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"The Mother" is a short story in James Joyce's Dubliners that comes in the section he called "Public Life." Here we see characters interacting somewhat on a broader scale than in many of the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 11:12 am (UTC)

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The short answer to this question is that it is difficult to tell. Father Flynn is deceased, of course, in the story, so we are left with second hand memories of the man. It is clear that the...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2012, 1:05 pm (UTC)

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The conflict in this story is between the boys and society (or you might call it "the way the world works"). The boys want excitement and adventure, but they find that things that seem like they...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2010, 10:50 pm (UTC)

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Dubliners is a compliation of short stories by James Joyce. Each story has its own plot and reflects an issue that Joyce had become familiar with whilst growing up in Dublin, Ireland. Polly, from...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013, 7:05 am (UTC)

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