James Joyce Essays

Dubliners_how Is It Related to Modernism_

Reading a modernist novel entails bearing in mind a whole new world of ideas, a quite different perspective of giving life to those ideas than other written works and certainly a new aspect of accepting those ideas as a reader. It is not easy to pinpoint modernism’s roots and it is also difficult to say exactly what it expresses. However, one thing that is clearly proved in a modernist novel is the fact that there is a change in the…

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James Joyce – a Little Cloud (in_ Dubliners)

A Little Cloud has not generated significant critical debate, despite Warren Beck’s unorthodox interpretation of the denouement in 1969. Chandler’s relationship with his son – not with his wife Annie or journalist/ friend Gallaher – could be the crucial, epiphanal element of the story – Joyce portraying a father who is just beginning to ‘learn […] what the heart is and what it feels’ (A Portrait 252), a man whose conscience is awakened, despite his flaws. However, scholars have generally…

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Two Gallants by James Joyce

James Joyce’s story “Two Gallants” presents a colorful presentation of Ireland through the use of words, and their combination with other words to form vivid phrases, throughout the story. It can also be said that the symbolisms in the story, through the aid of the pairing of words and adjectives, are quite easily observable in the sense that, as a whole, the story presents several ironies in the lives of individuals who live their lives close to those of average…

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Dubliners_ an Introspection in the Stories

“The Sisters” narrator – The reserved and contemplative boy who deals with the death of his friend, Father Flynn. The narrator avoids showing outward emotions to his family members, but he devotes his thoughts to the priest’s memory. Others in the story see the narrator’s relationship with the priest as inappropriate and exploitative, and the narrator himself seems unsure of what the priest meant to him. Father Flynn – The priest who dies in “The Sisters.” Father Flynn’s ambiguous presence…

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Joyce’s a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Abstract Writers of the first decades of the twentieth century became fascinated by the inner lives of teeming impressions , and by the mental activities of meaning – making which constitute our private inner lives. The works of Irish writer James Joyce are distinguished by their keen psychological insight and use of various literary techniques; most notably “stream of consciousness” which is an attempt to write in the manner in which thoughts and memory actually work in our minds. This…

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The Role of Alcohol in Dubliners

The role of alcohol in Joyce James’ Dubliners can be seen in three stories: The Dead, A Little Cloud and Counterparts. Alcohol is used by some of the characters who wishes to enjoy and escape. As the author’s technique, she wanted to imply how alcohol is used during the time that she wrote the book. Alcohol has always been present in the culture of people in Europe. Alcohol drinking ritual makes a person temporarily escape reality.  In Dubliners, alcohol is…

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Dubliners_ Escape and Paralysis

James Joyce captures the social realities of early nineteenth century Ireland in the set of short stories that comprise Dubliners. Many of the stories have parallels as Joyce overlaps themes in his effort to define the conditions in Ireland. Joyce develops the themes of paralysis and the desire to escape via the protagonists’ experiences in Eveline and Little Cloud. Confronted with the opportunity to escape Dublin, Eveline is unable to board the ferry because she is paralyzed by memories of…

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