Joyce's "Dubliners" Book Review by Morteza

Joyce's "Dubliners"
An analysis of characters and characterization in James Joyce's "Dubliners".
# 113996 | 5,456 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2009
Published on May 24, 2009 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper focuses on the analysis of characterization and some characters of James Joyce's "Dubliners". The study pays attention to the characters in the stories 'The Sisters,' 'Eveline,' and 'The Dead'. Since clarifying, analysing, and evaluating all characters of an important literary work like "Dubliners" demands a deep long-term scholarship, the author tries to focus on the mentioned stories, the characters of which are the elements that shape the general structure of them.

Character and Characterization
Character from Different Perspectives
Character Construction
"Dubliners" and its Characters
"The Sisters"
"The Dead"

From the Paper:

"Although the first story is narrated from the young boy's view point, it mostly suggests and depicts two old sisters as stereotypical women. Corrington argues that the old sisters represent "the Irish people, always ready to serve" (22). The sisters are apparently flat characters whose actions are tied to their touching situations like poverty and the brother's death, and their religious devotion. They are uneducated unlike their deceased brother who had studied in Rome. The sisters are the women who sustain the religious rituals so that their action seems unreasonable in comparison to their brother who once was a priest. The sisters are characters whose presence, actions, and discursive representation convey their flatness as well as their implied role in suggesting the theme of poverty, and institutional power of the church. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle. "Poetics." The Great Critics: An Anthology of Literary Criticism. Eds. James Harry Smith, and Edd Winfield Parks. New York: Norton, 1951.
  • Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Toronto: Toronto UP, 1985.
  • Corrington, John William. "The Sisters." James Joyce's Dubliners: Critical Essays. Ed. Clive Hart. London: Faber and Faber, 1969.
  • Culler, Jonathan. Structuralist Poetics. Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature. London: Routledge, and Kegan Paul, 1975.
  • Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1953.

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