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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. A recurring theme in many of the stories in Dubliners is a longing for escape expressed through fantasies of flight to some place Eastern and exotic. What place represents the unknown to you? Research this place and discuss whether it is truly exotic and mysterious or just different.

2. Catholicism figures prominently in much of Joyce's work. Compare the influence of the Catholic Church in Ireland at the turn of the century and today. Would the themes of religious confusion and doubt in "Araby" create controversy in modern-day Ireland?

3. Discuss the three books that are left by the previous occupant of the narrator's...

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