Dublin in James Joyce's 'Dubliners': A City of Paralysis
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This paper examines the theme of paralysis in "Dubliners", a collection of short stories by James Joyce. It begins with a description of the religious, economic, cultural, and political oppression in Dublin. It then specifically expands on several of the stories in the collection: "The Sisters," "Araby," "Eveline," "Two Gallants," and "The Dead." Finally, the paper examines Joyce's writing style.
From the Paper:"James Joyce constructed a collection of short stories intended to present the city of Dublin during the early twentieth century in a straightforward manner. The theme of paralysis permeates the work to show the city as well as the whole of Ireland as oppressed by religious, economic, cultural, and political circumstances. Every story in the collection, beginning with "The Sisters" and continuing to the final revelation in "The Dead," is infused with this theme. Joyce himself admitted to the "special odor of corruption which, I hope, floats over my stories" (Grey). He was aware that his tales would be raw, his pictures of Ireland unadorned by compassion. However much he identified with the characters he created, Joyce retained a candor that allowed him to keep "a style of scrupulous meanness" (Brandabur 8) throughout."
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