Module 6 Essay - Module 6 Forbidden Loves Desire plays an...

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Module 6: Forbidden Loves Desire plays an awakening role in the life of Mr. James Duffy in Joyce’s “A Painful Case.” Mr. Duffy is a man who lives a bland life of self-inflicted loneliness. “He lived in a Chapelizod because he wished to live as far away as possible from the city” (Joyce 70). In this Chapelizod the room was “uncarpeted,” “free from pictures,” and “he had neither companions nor friends” (Joyce 70). However, when he meets Mrs. Sinico multiple times he is awakened to feelings and his desire for her. It appears that for the first time Mr. Duffy gives into temptation and desire. His desire towards her grows so strong that “he forced her to ask him to her house” and made the most of “many opportunities of enjoying the lady’s society” (Joyce 72). He began to crave companionship and stray away from self-inflicted loneliness. As time continued “little by little he entangled his thoughts with hers. He lent her books, provided her with ideas, shared his
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Unformatted text preview: intellectual life with her” (Joyce 72). For a period of time Mr. Duffy was indulged in life within the city of Dublin and socialization, something he once deterred from. While he made the decision to return to isolation Mr. Duffy comprehended the awakening moment of being loved and loving someone back. After seeing Mrs. Sincio for the last time he wrote, “love between man and man is impossible because there must not be sexual intercourse and friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse” (Joyce 73). Mrs. Sincio’s death made him “feel ill” and awoke him to realize “his life would be lonely too until he, too, died, ceased to exist, became a memory” (Joyce 76). [274 Words] Works Cited Joyce, James. Dubliners: A Painful Case . Dover Thrift ed. New York: Dover, 1991. Print....
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  • Spring '07
  • Herman
  • Dubliners, English-language films, Mr. Duffy, Mr. James Duffy

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