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Any physical item can serve as a symbol in a great literary work, since great authors choose those details that reflect and resonate with the whole of the work. So keep in mind the global question...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2009 2:17 am UTC

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The foreshadowing comes the day of the bazaar. That morning, the boy reminds his uncle of the bazaar, but the uncle is preoccupied and answers "curtly." As the boy walks to school, he notes that...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 1:40 pm UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 4:53 pm UTC

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Eveline is a 19-year-old girl who finds life in 20th-century Dublin unbearable. She is a dutiful daughter, who takes care of her family, especially her father, who is often drunk and abusive....

Latest answer posted January 6, 2016 3:41 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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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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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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Gabriel experiences painful personal growth at the end of the story. Through most of it, he is self-centered, seeing the world entirely from his own self-satisfied perspective. At the end of the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 5:56 pm UTC

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In his introduction to The Dubliners, a collection of short stories by James Joyce in which "Eveline" is one, Terence Brown writes, So detail in The Dubliners is disposed like brush-stroks in a...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 4:10 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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Dead by James Joyce is from The Dubliners series of short stories, all of which reveal aspects of society or flaws of human nature. Gabriel considers himself to be a knowledgeable man, superior...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2015 9:27 am 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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Paralysis is a central theme of "Eveline." At the beginning of the story, the protagonist sits at home, observing and reminiscing, preparing to leave. Even as she thinks about her departure, she...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 11:47 pm 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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In his writings, Joyce is often extremely critical of the Catholic Church in Ireland, presenting its domination of Irish public life as chiefly responsible for the country's cultural and...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 8:07 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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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,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 3:23 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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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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In “The Dead,” James Joyce explores the idea of the paralysis that afflicts Dublin through the story’s protagonist, Gabriel. At a Christmas party, Gabriel interacts with a number of guests. Each...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 1:03 am 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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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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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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The fire in the story is generally taken to represent Irish nationalism, the urge for independence from England. The story is overtly political, based as it is on the canvass for an election, and...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2009 5:33 pm UTC

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The cinder path runs "before the new red houses...bright brick houses with shining roofs", while the concrete pavement lies before the drab "little brown houses" where Eveline...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2008 3:07 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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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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Counterparts is one of the stories in James Joyce's Dubliners' series. Farrington is in an unrewarding job and has no motivation to do well. He feels unfairly treated and his manager, Mr. Alleyne...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015 7:31 pm UTC

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James Joyce's short story, "A Painful Case," relates Mr. Duffy's paralysis in his relationship with Mrs. Sinico and in his life generally. Before meeting Mrs. Sinico, he has a perfectly orderly...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 12:43 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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One story in James Joyce’s Dubliners that contains both religion and paralysis is the first short story “The Sisters.” The presence of the brings issues of religion. The fact that the priest is...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2020 3:13 pm UTC

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This is a fun question. Right away, we can make two easy comparisons between Langston Hughes's "Pushcart Man" and James Joyce's Dubliners. With both, we are dealing with the short story form in the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 5:10 pm UTC

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In "The Sisters," the narrator's friend, a priest, has died, no longer associated with the church (a tragedy in such a heavily Catholic country such as Ireland) and alone except for his...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2008 4:16 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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The narrator of the first story in Dubliners, "The Sisters", is a nameless main character who is also a young boy, perhaps an acolyte. His best friend is an elderly priest of the Catholic Church...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2011 5:42 am UTC

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In a short story, the setting is a crucial element and, as it creates mood and circumstance, it can be as important as the theme. Short stories need to convey their message in a very short space of...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013 5:58 am UTC

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Please note that you are only allowed to ask one question at a time on Enotes. In your original question, you asked several. I've edited it to help you with Eveline's character. If you need further...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 6:19 am UTC

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James Joyce’s short story “The Sisters” is the first from his collection called Dubliners. It is a story about a boy confronting the loss of his mentor, Father Flynn. Father Flynn suffered several...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 2:20 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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