dubliners

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Madeleine WIeand Stacie Cassarino Intro to Lit/Crit April 9, 2008 An Encounter “An Encounter,” by James Joyce, is a short story included in the book Dubliners, and along with all the others in the book, it strives to speak to the city, to the role the city can take within the human environment, and to how it can represent an identity – either of an individual or of a nation. In “An Encounter,” Joyce uses the setting of the city to establish the basis of the conflict he creates between Mahony and the narrator. Because of the abundance of romanticized images of Indians and Cowboys, the city also becomes a foil of these “adventure magazines” and thus reinforcing the notion of duality and contrast between two opposites. The two pairs of contradictions work in harmony to emphasize the dichotomy of the story. The city in this story – Dublin – can play many different roles within different contexts, and indeed plays an environment but also a character in a way – an old, established, yet very scruffy and rough around the edges. It was made up of “noisy
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENG 103 taught by Professor Cassarino during the Spring '08 term at Pratt.

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