Short Story Analysis

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Shane Marcheson Marcheson Ms. Rosemary Tomani 01 EN111 0B Short Story Analysis James Joyce’s “Counterparts” is a story of internalized conflict. One could think of Farrington, the story’s protagonist, as Ireland, and all the issues he encounters as the issues plaguing this nation. Instead of dealing with these issues head on Farrington avoids conflict and looks for solutions at the bottom of a bottle. This theme is very similar to the theme of Ann Petry’s “Like a Winding Sheet.” As with Farrington, Petry’s protagonist Johnson bottles up external issues and brings them home. Both of these short stories seem to deal with the authors personal problems. James Joyce was a self-exiled Irishmen who loathed his home country for its failure to stand up to England or the Roman Catholic Church. Farrington fails repeatedly to make any real headway with the issues in his life. He tolerates the abuse of a boss who is much smaller and weaker then him, and even loses an arm wrestling match with a younger man
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2008 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Tamasi during the Spring '08 term at Erie CC.

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