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Ashleigh Nobleza AP Literature 4 February 2016 Hill Dubliners Seminar One “The Sisters” 1. The “I” persona is almost indifferent to Father Flynn’s death. He says “I knew that I was under observation so I continued eating as if the news had not interested me,” suggesting that he is interested, but he is not comfortable showing it (Joyce 2). He understands the priest is dead, but instead of feeling saddened, he seems to feel guiltily relieved “and I felt that I too was smiling feebly as if to absolve the simoniac of his sin” (Joyce 4). This is most likely because he and the priest had an inappropriate relationship, as Old Cottier suggests. 2. Eliza is overwhelmed with the duties of James’ funeral, as she mostly talks about what she has to do than how she feels. She at first banters in a way that is typical to funeral
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Unformatted text preview: related events, saying “he’s gone to a beµer world” and that he went “quite peace²ully,” but she becomes shrewd when talking about his paralysis and how much work she and her sister Nannie have had to do pre and post-death (Joyce 7-8). 3. The breaking o² the chalice symbolizes Father Flynn’s neglect ²or his responsibility to do right by the church, as he gives it no importance by being so careless to drop it. This did not so much “trigger” his moral decline, but instead it was the ´rst sign those around him saw as evidence of such decline. He laughed in the confessional by himself because he did not feel remorse for what he was doing in molesTng the boys he did....
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