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Unformatted text preview: Olga Botea English 200 In The Dead by James Joyce, the reader, is presented with a portrait of the distance between a man and wife. Gabriel, the husband, and his wife, Gretta are very separate entities. John Donne once said no man is an island, entire of itself; The first to breach the island should be loved ones and family members; Why do husband and wife stand on their own? In his mind, Gabriel may have had proud, joyful, tender, valorous thoughts about his wife, but he was not able to funnel those thoughts into words or actions (56). Gabriel fails at breaching the distance between himself and Gretta and he tries to make up for it by attempting to breach dis- tance with other woman such as Lily and Mrs. Ivors through conversation, but he fails. In the middle portion of the story, he [Gabriel] was in the dark part of the hall gazing up the staircase. A woman was standing near the top of the first flight, in shadow also. He could not see her face but he could see the terracotta and salmon-pink panels of her skirt [...] It was his wife (51). First of all, Gabriel is watching his wife from the shadows and from a flight of stairs below her. The fact that he is a flight of stairs below her on the stairs displays their physical dis- tance, while the fact that they are both in shadows or darkness alludes to their emotional and...
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