Consider the concept of Paralysis in Dubliners

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Consider the concept of Paralysis in Dubliners

James Joyce was born on February 2nd 1882. He was a novelist, poet and short story writer. He is remembered as one of Irelands best known and innovative writers. He grew up in a middle class family, which he may have used to inspire his book of short stories, entitled Dubliners. He wrote the book out of his own frustrations on the limitation to Dublin life. Dubliners was written in 1906 and later published in June 1914. It's a diverse collection of scenes drawn from middle class, catholic life in the city of Dublin. Joyce wrote Dubliners as a collection, to be read in relation to the other. The frustrations of childhood, disappointments of adolescence and awakening of adulthood can all be seen and related to in the descriptive short stories. But clearer still is the book's underlying theme of paralysis. This theme is given in several forms, physical, emotional, sexual and social to name but a few. It is this 'base' theme that I shall be exploring in my essay.
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"There was no hope for him this time, it was his third stroke."

This is the opening sentence of 'the sisters,' and gives the idea of a priest being physically paralysed after a stroke. This gives a sense of despair, no hope for a man who has been decapitated by paralysis. Stuck in a world where it's hard, maybe impossible to move, no sense of freedom but the overwhelming sense of imprisonment.

The characters in this story are stuck in the past, emotionally paralysed through the sands of time. It seems as if they have no ...

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