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Discuss the portrayal of desire and disappointment by James Joyce in the Dubliners.

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The Dubliners Discuss the portrayal of desire and disappointment by James Joyce in the Dubliners. James Joyce wrote Dubliners in 1905. Joyce was trying to express Dublin as he experienced it. He was bringing his own insight to each of the stories. Portraying Dublin in a true light as a "special odour of corruption." His intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of his life, expressing Dublin as a "centre of paralysis." From looking at the book Dubliners, we see how Joyce creates this sense of paralysis by studying two short stories; Araby and Eveline. In the opening paragraph of Araby it sets the tone for the rest of the story. Joyce wants to make the boy life look repressive, shut-in and joyless. Joyce describes objects with colour relating to decaying, as he uses colours like brown and yellow. He uses lots of description in "blindness" and "isolation", creating an atmosphere of death, decay and silence. ...read more.

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The story ends as it begins in darkness. There is a significance of the name Araby. Araby is a bazaar which has a mystical and eastern sounding. To the boy it is like an enchanting place which weaves its "eastern enchantment" on him. In the story the boy seems to be approaching adolescence as passages such as "child play, ugly monstrous child's play." The boy wants to move away from playing with his friends to becoming interested in girls, one in particular. In the story of Araby Joyce lets reality of life come through slowly in the story. As the night that the boy wants to go to the bazaar he has to wait until his drunken uncle comes home. This is reflecting paralysis as the boy is struck in his own house. Finally his uncle arrives and he leaves however the journey to the bazaar was lonely. As the train was "deserted". The boy gets to the bazaar, he realise its closed, crushing his dream, centring the state of paralysis. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is likely the sailor will simply seduce and leave her. Possibly in a worst situation than the present one. This provides a sense of paralysis whether Eveline is fully aware of it or not. When Eveline arrives at the port, the colour changes. Joyce describes "black ships" carrying the "brown baggage" with a "mournful whistle." This is like a pre-echo that Eveline won't leave go because the port is so depressive. From reading this will also know she won't leave. Even though Eveline has the desire to escape she has continuous disappointed. There is evidence of a religious outlook in the story Eveline. At the end of the story wee Eveline is standing in the port, without a clue what to do. She wants a saviour to help; "she prayed to God to direct her." But God didn't help her, no -one came to save her. The story ends in a moment of epiphany; "She sent a cry of anguish." Finishing in the way the way that Araby did. ...read more.

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