by James Joyce (a.k.a. “God of all writers”)
*Gretchen – Thank you for choosing this story.
This story officially established Joyce as
my favorite author of all time.
I know this is late, but I hope the quality of this posting
makes up for the tardiness.
Give it a chance.
Even I’m impressed.
I’ve never been able
to analyze any story to this extent before.
The “symbol” section is the one that made this
posting late, and I apologize, I didn’t know I was going to go that in depth.
Please be a softy this once.
Plot – Exposition: Joyce starts off by giving us a brief description of the street on which
the main character’s Catholic School stands and the surrounding buildings.
exposition continues as we get a description of the narrator’s house, and the information
that the former tenant was a priest.
Rising Action: This begins when the narrator and his
friends begin to play out in the streets in the winter.
The action continues to rise as we
are introduced to Mangan’s sister.
We then find out the narrator’s feelings for her, and
how he longs for her.
They finally talk, and he promises to buy her something at the
Then, continual roadblocks continue to be placed in his path, until he finally
reaches the Bazaar, when it’s closed, thus he fails to get her a gift.
Turning Point: When
the narrator refuses the help of the stall lady as he begins to see the folly of his
Falling Action: When the narrator realizes his romantic ideal cannot be
achieved, and that he was driven by the vanity of his own vanity.
The final bit of falling
action is when the reader lets out a deep breath because they have just experienced a
Joycean short story.
Character – We are given the narrator, who desires for his romantic ideal to be realized
by completing his “holy quest” to please Mangan’s sister who represents Mary (based on
other evidence to be discussed later).
Setting – Ireland.
And a lot of it.
Everything in the city represents Ireland.
are all described as “ghosts” and “shadows,” reinforcing Joyce’s idea that Ireland is dead
under the rule of the British at this time.
The other setting, the Bazaar itself, represents
the Church in Ireland, how it is driven by money, greed, and deception.
Point of View –
Style – Incredible.
It is a mixture of Hemingway-esque practical, to the point story
telling, and Checkovian emotional upheaval and description.
The story can be enjoyed as
a touching easy read, but as in all of Joyce’s works, there is
more under the
surface and you get a feeling of that throughout the story, especially from the ending,
where if you weren’t looking to deep, you would feel like you missed something.
Tone – Joyce is a genius.