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A Frozen Decision
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Mr. Wallace p 2
IB English 11
9 October 2008
A Frozen Decision
Paralysis can be described as an inability to act, to function or, at times, even to communicate. Throughout his collection of short stories in Dubliners, James Joyce uses the theme of paralysis to portray what he thinks the people of Ireland are like. To Joyce, it seems that paralysis is like an incurable virus that will not let go no matter how hard one tries to be rid of it. This virus has infected every person in the city of Dublin and the country of Ireland as a whole. One of the short stories in Dubliners, named "Eveline," is about a young lady living in Dublin who is torn between leaving the country to live with her exciting, new husband-to-be in Argentina, or to remain in Ireland to take care of her father and go on with her everyday life. It is this decision that paralyzes her. In a passage from this short story, Joyce uses literary devices such as detail, diction, and imagery to show how he feels paralysis pervades the country of Ireland.
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