What are the most significant stories in Dublinersregarding the aspect of the city as "the soul of paralysis"? I am writing a thesis on how city life influences (mainly focussing on social...
What are the most significant stories in Dubliners regarding the aspect of the city as "the soul of paralysis"?
I am writing a thesis on how city life influences (mainly focussing on social issues rather than geographical) the characters in Dubliners, regarding the famous quotation of Joyce that the city is "the soul of hemiplegia and paralysis".
Now I want to concentrate on two of the short-stories, but I struggle to find the most significant ones regarding my topic.
I thought about choosing Eveline as the first story, as she is obviously paralysed by the social structures the city life brings along. You think this is ok? What other story would you analyse?
"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 narrative, Dublin is portrayed as a setting of darkness as "evening invade[s] the avenue." Inside the curtains hold the odor of cretonne, a chemical used in mortuaries. As Eveline looks out her window, she watches the "man out of the last house" pass by where once there was a field, but a "man from Belfast," the mainly Protestant city occupied by British, had bought it and built bright brick houses upon it unlike the brown houses of the Irish. Sitting there, Eveline contemplates leaving her home for Buenos Ayres, a thriving and wealthy city, in contrast...
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