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 one of the best examples of this in my opinion, as the teenage Romantic narrator, consumed by his quest to buy something from the bazaar for Mangan's sister, comes to the sudden realisation that what he is engaged in is not a quest for the honour of some fair maiden's hand, but vanity. You might find it interesting to identify and compare and contrast the epiphanies in this story to extend your analysis further.
"A Painful Case" is a story in Dubliners that certainly illustrates what Joyce perceived as the emotional and moral paralysis of the Irish. James Duffy, a practical and emotionless man, who is unable to allow change and emotion into his life is the "centerpiece of the story," which describes two "painful cases": a man who would deny love, and a woman who seeks it.
Duffy meets Mrs....
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