• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Epiphanies in the maturity section of Dubliners

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level James Joyce section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level James Joyce essays

  1. Original Writing - Prose: Commentary on my creative writing piece focusing on The Dubliners

    Also, the use of the characters pride and making the character emotional about death and escape. This helped me to explain how the character was feeling. I think I used the character well in the situation, because the background and culture is like real life.

  2. Dubliners, death and paralysis

    She is presented with the opporunity to escape. The escape comes from the offer to run away with a man named Frank, with the threat of violence in mind, Eveline agrees to be Frank's wife in their home in Buenos Aire mean's "Clean air." Eveline is trying to escape from Dublin, she is leving the dusty dirty streets

  1. The plight of the individual is most pertinently expressed through the plight of women ...

    In Joyce's rigorous cross section of paralysis throughout the age groups he illustrates how it was a universal problem for in Dublin life for people in all walks of life. We have seen how the women of Dublin can be more easily and intensely affected by paralysis than men and

  2. Depiction of childhood in 'Dubliners'

    As the boy strives to fulfil his fantasy, he proves unable to navigate the adult world and the bazaar becomes emblematic for the difficulties which children had to forego in order to realise their hopes. This can be identified with 'I looked humbly at the great jars', the boy feels

  1. Dubliners, Counterparts

    Each of his problems follows him wherever he goes. For an example, he brought his problems with his boss, Mr. Alleyne, from work to the pub with him, and while he continued to drink, those problems only began to snowball and irritate him more.

  2. Discuss Joyce's treatment of women in Dubliners, Portrait and selected chapters of Ulysses.

    We do, of course, see everything in the novel from Stephen's perspective and this perspective is extraordinarily self-regarding. Stephen's ideas of women exist within a framework of opposites, primarily in a dichotomy between spirit and flesh in which women are associated with the physical - a charge levelled often by feminist critics of Joyce.

  1. JOYCE: Dubliners

    The title may signify the relationship of insanity to death of that of the close relationship between sisters, where an intimate relationship arises between each (preoccupation with death may be a course of insanity). Joyce's attitudes and values are formed through both his use of language as well as symbolism.

  2. Joyce Intended Dubliners to betray the soul of that paralysis which many consider a ...

    it is clear that, as with most of Joyce?s Dubliners (Eveline, Gabriel etc), that it is more to do with him becoming accustomed to paralysis, (it is simply a part of his life now). Even the way in which he declines the offering of crackers, connotes a deeper-seated form of

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work