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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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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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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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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...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021 4:58 pm 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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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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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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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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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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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 Dubliners, the character Eveline suffers through psychological and emotional abuse by her father, who is an alcoholic. She is in charge of her father's business, which used to be her mother's...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018 3:21 am UTC

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I agree with the former respondent that, in general, religion is presented as a somewhat repressive force in Joyce's Dubliners. It is often associated with the elderly and with a lack of...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 4:55 am UTC

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In “Clay,” Joyce depicts Maria as a somewhat ambiguous and self-contradictory character. One on hand, it is difficult for the reader to visualize her as a real person because Joyce writes...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 4:07 am UTC

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In his work Dubliners, James Joyce employs details in such a way that they transcend mere description and rise to the level of symbolism. The priests and nuns of the stories in this volume,...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2014 3:52 pm UTC

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Dirt in the Biblical sense represents death--"Dust thou art, unto dust thou shalt return"-- and in James Joyce's Dubliners there is often dust in houses that are on brown lanes, symbolizing the...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2014 10:30 pm UTC

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Could you use the word "stasis" in your thesis staement on the short story "Eveline" from The Dubliners by James Joyce? This state/religion paralysis or stasis that James Joyce reacted angrily...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2010 6:08 pm UTC

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Four stories you might look at are "Araby," "A Little Cloud," "Eveline," and "Snow." Three of the four are told from the male point of view, but even in "Eveline," told from a female point of view,...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020 1:03 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 Dubliners, one of the themes I notice is predation. The theme of predatory behavior or exploitation of others is usually represented by men. In "An Encounter," we have the predator represented...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2020 3:26 pm UTC

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The close proximity of “Counterparts” to “A Little Cloud” helps to emphasize the dominant motif in Dubliners: the damaging effects of national and cultural paralysis on Irish men and women. One of...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2020 9:36 am 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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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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First of all, in writing a literary analysis of a short story, the writer should remain objective. To do so, one requirement is the elimination of all first-person pronouns, and replacing them...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011 3:33 pm 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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James Joyce's brother Stanislaus wrote in his memoirs that his relationship with an older woman was the inspiration for this story. The eNotes study guide tells us that James Duffy was very much...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2008 6:27 am UTC

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Though not as obviously modernist as Joyce's other great prose works like Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, Dubliners nonetheless contains certain modernist elements. For one thing, all the stories in...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 12:56 pm UTC

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Your thesis for the story, "Eveline," from Joyce's Dubliners would depend on your interpretation of the story and the approach you want to take. I can suggest topics and research questions easier...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 12:01 pm UTC

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I think that any number of stories from this excellent collection could be referred to in discussing this statement. I would argue, however, that this collection of short stories does present the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2012 3:29 pm UTC

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Concerning Joyce's Dubliners, your question is too broad to be answered with much specific detail. This short story collection features numerous stories and is a major work. You're asking for too...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 10:15 am UTC

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James Joyce, as befitting a master of his talent, uses a number of different techniques to start each of his excellent short stories in this volume. However, examining closely the beginning of each...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011 7:39 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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As one of the most famous short story collections ever written, The Dubliners by James Joyce is full of important lines and quotes, but arguably the most important is from the last paragraph of the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 6:24 pm UTC

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Your question is too big and complicated to answer in this format, so I've edited it down to just a comparison. Environment is central to all of the stories in Joyce's collection, Dubliners, and...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011 3:34 am UTC

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Authors often use descriptions of settings and locations in their writings to help establish the mood, draw attention to a character's station in life, or illustrate the era in which the writing is...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018 1:46 am UTC

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For the most part, the titles of the stories in Dubliners each coincide with either the character that has an epiphany, the place where an epiphany occurs or the event that causes the epiphany. For...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2011 7:09 pm UTC

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James Joyce wrote The Dubliners to provide a portrait of his home city for his fellow Dubliners and the rest of the world; to give an accurate picture of Dubliners and of life in Dublin. Therefore...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2010 4:43 am UTC

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There is a link on the enotes website that deals specifically with the historical background of this book. I've included that link below.Lets take a minute though and look at the topics you...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2008 3:06 am UTC

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As with many of James Joyce's short stories in The Dubliners, "The Sisters" seems to have little to no plot. On the surface little seems to happen. We know from the beginning that Father Flynn is...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011 8:15 am UTC

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In the short story "Araby" from the "Dubliners" collection by James Joyce, another religious theme is the journey of the Magi and the bearing of gifts. In the Roman Catholic church service, The...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2010 6:56 pm UTC

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Check out the eNotes article "How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay" at the link below. It gives step-by-step instructions on what to look for and how to write a comparison. Also,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2008 12:40 am UTC

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Joyce's final story in The Dubliners, "The Dead," is a narrative that indicates that Ireland may have the spiritual resources to overcome its paralysis. These resources come from the human...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012 4:16 am UTC

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James Joyce's Dubliners was composed in a tripartite form, with childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as divisions. However, there is also a five-part division with three stories each devoted to...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2012 3:48 am UTC

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I enjoy complex stories. I think that's why I like books like this. The language is dense, so I would not say it's exactly fun to read, but I like the development of the plot and characters. I...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 6:27 am UTC

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In James Joyce's writing an epiphany is a sudden revelation of truth about the characters' inner life or their place in society. These moments are central to the development of the stories and, as...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 6:09 pm 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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In James Joyce’s Dubliners, the protagonists of various stories share numerous similarities. In two stories, both Polly and Eveline face conflicts regarding marriage, which they resolve...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 3:39 am UTC

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As with many of James Joyce's short stories in The Dubliners, "The Sisters" seems to have little to no plot. On the surface little seems to happen. We know from the beginning that Father Flynn is...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2011 7:27 am UTC

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