Dubliners, death and paralysis

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"Joyce depicts Dublin as a place of death and paralysis"

Joyce see's Dublin as being paralysed and dead he blames the British rule and the Cathoic Church for Dublin's flawed and seedy nation. Joyce see's Dublin as being full of  untrustworthy peope. A lot of characters in his stories are not to be trusted for example: Lennhen and  Corley in The Two Gallants and the Peadophile in An Encounter. He felt life in Dublin had many limitations and this frustrated him. Which is why he makes death and paralysis very evident in the stories of The Dubliner's, possibly to try to identify the cause of Dublin's paralysis or to offer solutions. Joyce provides this theory through his use of characters, colours and decay.

Charles Stewart Parnell an Irish MP who led the Irish Parliamentary Party was campaining in the later 19th century to persuade the British parliament to allow Ireland to govern itself (HomeRule.) After his death in 1891 the campaign for Home Rule was weakened severly. That resulted, in Irish political life was without clear direction throughout the 1890's and the first decade of the 20th century. The lack of political leadership is made apparent in the dubliners by the atmosphere of paralysis which pervades the stories. Ireland was, in the time that the Dubliners was wrote was governed by England. The British controlled Ireland very strongly and you can see the reference for this in the Two Gallants that Ireland was being prostituted by her English conquerors is an interpretation of the image of the harp being plucked heedlessy for strangers by her master's hands near the Kildare Street club. The image of an Irish harp with 'her' clothes about her 'knees'. Colonisation had brought about a state of sexual and moral degradation to Ireland. Joyce refers to priests, religous beliefs and spiritual experience appear throughout the stories in the dubliners and paint an unflattering portrait of religion. In 'Eveline' their is a reference to a photo of a priest whose "yellowing photograph hung on the wall" which is Joyce's use of colour to show the decay of the catholic church in Ireland,  Joyce shows us the Catholic Church as corrupt and he paints an unflattering portrait of religion. I am not writing about "The Sisters" however I felt it important to comment about Father Flynn who goes mad in the confessional box, this the first appearnece of Religion and Joyce protrays it as a haunting  but incompentant and dangerous component of Dublin life. The Strange man in "An Encounter" wears the same clothing as the priest in "The Sisters", connecting his lascivous behaviour to the catholic church.  The presence of religion suggests that religion traps Dubliners into thinking about their lives after death.

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Eveline, in the story that share's her name, gives up her chance at love by choosing her familiar life over an unknowan adventure, even though her familiar routines are tinged with sadness and abuse. The circularity of these Dubliners' lives effectively traps them, perventing them from being receptive to new experineces and happines. Eveline has a hard life, caring for her father and family, her father is abusive, the loss of her mother has affected her and the rest of the family. Joyce also tells us that her brother Ernest was also dead and her childhood friend Tizzie Dunn ...

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