Do some research about contemporary Ireland, particularly the conflict in Northern Ireland. How does the political climate compare to the Ireland in Joyce's time?
What does Joyce mean by paralysis? Do you find any examples of paralysis in American society?
Readers disagree about the result of Gabriel's epiphany. Do you think he will change as a result of it, or will he remain as he was?
How do you think women are portrayed in "The Dead.’’ How would you compare their social status to women today?