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Epiphanies in the maturity section of Dubliners

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Epiphanies in The Maturity Section of Dubliners As Joyce decided before writing Dubliners, he would try to depict the paralysis of Dublin in as many of the stages of life as he could. Therefore, in each of these stories, Dublin is the "center of paralysis". In "A Little Cloud", Chandler is a lonely forgotten artist. He regrets his early life as an amateur poet especially when he hears of his friend Gallaher's success. He comes back to his houses full of remorse that he couldn't continue his literary career and go abroad, have mistresses, not be imprisoned with marriage, he wants to be a free man. However, when he comes back home after a drink with his lively friend, and when he tries to write like in the early days, his wife snatches their baby son from his arms, he realizes how paralyzed he is in this city of Dublin and how this wife of his really blocks out his creative feelings as well as his liberty. This is the moment where we find the recurrent theme of paralysis in this story. Moreover, he realizes really how much he should change his life or how he should have changed his life. ...read more.


The presence of Weathers, who takes advantage of this system, and who beats Farrington in a wrestle makes Farrington realize how such tradition, humiliation and repetition literally rob him. His anger increases throughout the story which ends up in the brutal beating of his son. Therefore, Farrington's epiphany consists in realizing what his situation in life is, which he thinks is monotonous, but unlike many characters in Dubliners, he doesn't accept it and unleashes his anger which only he has created on his innocent son. In Clay , Maria, unlike the female protagonists in earlier stories, does not confront important decisions and situations, but rather the few whose consequences seem small and trivial. Nothing much seems to happen in this story, and its monotony stands out even more since it follows the violent Counterparts in the collection, further recalling the theme of paralysis. Maria perfectly illustrates the quiet life of a single maid, whose spotless reputation as "a veritable peace-maker" attests to her placid lifestyle. However, the events in "Clay," though quiet, are far from trivial. Even Maria, with her serene life, harbors unhappiness and frustration, and instead of being exempt from routine, she is in fact bogged down in it. ...read more.


However, during one of their meetings, Mrs. Sinico takes Mr. Duffy's hand and places it on her cheek, which deeply bothers Mr. Duffy. In response, he cuts off the relationship. Four years pass. One evening, during his usual dinner in town, Mr. Duffy reads a newspaper article that surprises him enough to halt his eating and hurry home. There, he reads the article, entitled "A Painful Case". The article recounts the death of Mrs. Sinico, who was hit by a train at a station in Dublin the previous evening. The news of Mrs. Sinico's death at first angers but later saddens Mr. Duffy. Perhaps suspecting suicide or weakness in character, he feels disgusted by her death and by his connection to her life. Disturbed, he leaves his home to visit a local pub, where he drinks and remembers his relationship with her. His anger begins to subside, and by the time he leaves to walk home, he feels deep remorse, mainly for ending the relationship and losing the companionship it offered. Upon seeing a pair of lovers in the park by his home, Mr. Duffy realizes that he gave up the only love he'd experienced in life. He feels utterly alone. ...read more.

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