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dubliners-james-joyceFoodSymbolizes unity and inspires deep longing AlcoholRepresents unhealthy desires, camaraderie, and escapeWeatherReflects the moods and mindsets of charactersSymbolsJames Joyce1914EnglishShort StoriesAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageDublinersFictionSet in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century, Dubliners provides glimpses into the lives of some of the citys residents and their anxieties, suffering, and momentary joys. This collection of 15 stories presents character sketches and themes that apply to Ireland but also have universal appeal.THEMESConformityA Painful Case; Ivy Day inthe Committee Room;The Boarding House Society imposes rules thatmust be followed. EscapeAn Encounter; Eveline;A Little Cloud; A Painful CaseConfined to the city, people dream of something more. ClassAraby; After the Race;Two Gallants; A MotherWealth and poverty each brings its own burden.IdentityClay; The DeadEveryone struggles todetermine who they are.Faith and religion are sourcesof both comfort and guilt.ReligionThe Sisters; GraceGabriel Conroy, The Dead”ur path through life is strewn with many such sad memories: and were we to brood upon them always we could not find the heart to go on bravely with our work among the living.Child NarratorAn EncounterMarginally rebellious schoolboy; disgusted, amused, and frightened by an old manChild NarratorThe SistersDutiful young boy; confused and fascinated by deathEvelineEvelineIsolated young woman; torn between desire to escape her family and fear of the unknownLittle ChandlerA Little CloudFamily man; dreams of becoming a poet and free spiritTom KernanGraceAlcoholic Catholic with little understanding of his own religionGabriel ConroyThe DeadThoughtful but mildly socially awkward university professorMrs. MooneyThe Boarding HouseImposing proprietor of a boarding house for young men; values her daughters reputationMariaClayLaundry worker; feels self-conscious about being unmarriedChild NarratorArabyBoy whose ideals are thwarted by poverty and insecurityMain CharactersAlthough Joyce spent much ofhis adult life in continental Europe, his most famous works—including Dublinersstrive to document the Irish identity. Joyce is known for his experimentation with modern literary forms, including stream- of-consciousness writing and nonlinear plots.JAMES JOYCE1882–1941AuthorDublinersby the NumbersStories from Dubliners published in Irish Homestead in 1904 under the pseudonym Stephen DedalusYears between completion of The Dead”—the last story in the collection—in 1907 and the books publicationPopulation of Dublin in 1911 Percentage of Dublin housing in 1911 that was one-room tenements3637172,394Sources: Central Statistics Office, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Irish Times, James Joyce A to Z by A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael P. Gillespie, The James Joyce CentreCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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