Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' The Lass Of Aughrim '

1193 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The nature of symbol-making is another notable element of modernist works. With that said, “The Dead” by Joyce looks to symbolism as a way of emphasizing the Conroy’s failed marriage. The song titled “The Lass of Aughrim” (Joyce 1) represents, for Gretta, all that she missed out on as far as a relationship with Michael Furey. The song also proves to Gretta how lacking her marriage is in comparison. Additionally, snow is brought up several times throughout the work, for example, when Gabriel enters his aunts ' party, "A light fringe of snow lay like a cape on the shoulders of his overcoat” (Joyce 1) and later as the story closes “It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely” (Joyce 1). Snow, for the Conroys, represents their marriage in a paralytic state. They are stuck in this relationship that lacks fulfilment. Neither party truly loves the other, which leads to the feeling of distance. In other words, both Gabriel and Gretta are numb to their relationship. They are merely following expectations that come with their marriage. Another good symbolic example of the Conroy’s marriage is the lack of light. Gabriel assures that “We don’t want any light” (Joyce 1) and later Gabriel “turned his back more to the light” (Joyce 1). Firstly, in denying the light he is signifying his ignorance to the fact that their relationship requires the light. Their relationship requires a spark that they simply do not have. Additionally, Gabriel…

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