Dubliners The Dead: Summary and Analysis

James Joyce

The Dead: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Gabriel Conroy: teacher and amateur writer

Gretta Conroy: his wife

Julia and Kate Morkan: Gabriel’s aging aunts, piano and voice teachers in Dublin

Mary Jane: Gabriel’s cousin, an unmarried piano teacher who lives with the aunts

Molly Ivors: Gabriel’s colleague and passionate Irish nationalist various party guests of the Morkans

Michael Furey: (dead) adolescent love of Gretta Conroy

Summary
At the opening of “The Dead,” Gabriel Conroy, a teacher and amateur writer, arrives with his wife, Gretta, at a Christmas party given by his aunts, Julia and Kate Morkan. Though the mood of the annual affair is festive,...

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