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Dubliners - ‘Nothing is unnecessary, and nothing is spelled out; we are expected to supply the missing pieces ourselves.’

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Dubliners 'Nothing is unnecessary, and nothing is spelled out; we are expected to supply the missing pieces ourselves.' This refers to the style of the short stories in Dubliners. Each of the fifteen stories are written in this way. The first few stories refer to the specific theme of childhood, and they are all narrated by children. The fact that 'nothing is unnecessary' means that all of the information in the story is relevant. In the short stories the entire plot is not laid out on a plate. There are certain things that you have to work out for yourself. In the first story 'The Sisters' there is a hint that the priest is a distorted figure. 'I wouldn't like children of mine to have too much to say to a man like that'. ...read more.


This is the ending of the first story. It doesn't even end in a full stop it has an unfinished sentence signifying the end of the story. It puts the reader on an edge as they have reached the end of the story without realising it. In the next story 'An Encounter' two boys come across a man in a field. One of them exclaims that the man is a 'queer old josser' and suspects he is engaging in a solitary sexual act; 'I say! Look what he's doing!' This gives an indication that the man is masturbating, yet as the boys are young and na�ve to correspond with the story, what the man does is not described in detail. It depends on how the reader interprets it. ...read more.


The story gives an indication to the Irish idiosyncrasies for an English reader. 'The syllables of the word Araby were called to me through the silence in which my soul luxuriated and cast an Eastern enchantment over me' In reality however the Araby turns out to be a church bazaar. This gives an indication of the not everything is what it seems and specifies superficiality. Throughout each of the stories in the book there is a sense of partiality. It seems as if the stories aren't quite finished, this is only because they have been misinterpreted. Each story is finished its just that you may have to reread some parts because 'nothing is unnecessary' if it has been included then it bares a resemblance to the story. The partiality has been included by Joyce to indicate that there are different perspectives to something; it just depends on how the reader interprets it. Matt West Deps ...read more.

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