What is the specific theme of James Joyce's short story "After the Race"?

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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 a few times over the years, I've actually found "After the Race" to be a subtly complex and intriguing story. Overall, one of the main themes of the story is the illusion of wealth and promise contrasted with a reality devoid of hope.

In general, "After the Race" takes place after an exciting automobile race that the main characters recently participated in. Additionally, it becomes apparent that the main character, Jimmy Doyle, has recently agreed to invest a sizable sum into a business...

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