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  1. Joyce Intended Dubliners to betray the soul of that paralysis which many consider a city and aims to do this through his nicely polished looking glass. How is this portrayal of Ireland achieved in the texts you have studied?

    Maybe a bit like the people of my own generation in Ireland today? - Brian Friel [3]. It seems apparent that both Joyce and Friel aim to explore aspects of Ireland that are dear to them, however it seems that where Joyce ?intended to betray the soul of that paralysis?, Friel?s incentive was much rather due to ?our need for a past, for memories, and our need to constantly revisit and re-invent those memories" [4]. Joyce?s vivid naturalism ("driven and derided by vanity?)

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss Joyce's treatment of women in Dubliners, Portrait and selected chapters of Ulysses.

    "to Mary Colum, stating that he hated intellectual women. Nora expressed to Samuel Beckett her exasperation with those who praised Joyce's' deep understanding of a woman's viewpoint, 'That man knows nothing about women' (quoted in Maddox P.278). Joyce talked of the "Penelope" episode as an addition, saying that the book proper ended with "Ithaca". He also, however, told Frank Budgen that Molly was the axis upon which the whole book revolved. Hence it is inappropriate in my opinion to take Joyce at face value and without a deep understanding of his intention in the novels. Joyce Essay Imran Hussain"

  • Compare and contrast Joyce's 'Araby' and 'Eveline'. Comment on the writer's effectiveness.

    "In conclusion, the writer effectively picks up on the themes, characters and language and put them effectively into the stories and makes the language work well with the story. However, in contrast with this, both stories, 'Araby' and 'Eveline' are quite similar, but yet with differences making them seem quite based on the same kinds of things; poverty, money, love and paralysis. Both "Araby" and "Eveline" have modern relevance as people now days can relate both stories, one being love not returned and the other being two types of love, were one is stronger. This is how it shows modern relevance to me. The writer, however effective he is, still leaves us thinking 'are the stories similar of different?' and this is a gift that not many writers have or could, so yes, the writer is very effective in both stories, and I guess that this leaves us in a state of paralysis also. Miriam Kerbache words 2,111"

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