Epiphanies in Dubliners Essay

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Dubliners begins on a dismal note. The first story, “Two Sisters” opening sentence begins with: “There was no hope for him this time” (9) referring to the dead Father Flynn and through the course of reading the fifteen stories in Dubliners the reader discovers there is no hope for any of the characters in any of the stories. The lives of Joyce’s Dubliners and Ireland itself has been defined by the Roman Catholic influence on the people, English rule and the Irish’s own struggle for political and cultural independence and self- identity. The characters in James Joyce’s Dubliners have all been weighed down and caught up not only in the oppression of these external institutions but also by the oppression within themselves and their …show more content…
They lose the moment, unable to move or change their lives and go on to continue living lives of darkness and drudgery. In describing Dubliners, Joyce wrote to his publisher that it was his intention:
“to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to be the centre of paralysis…I have written in for the most part in a style of scrupulous meanness....”
Joyce structures the stories chronologically, following the lives of these Dubliners from childhood into adolescence, adulthood and finally into what he calls public life. This chronology allows him to establish the various phases of disillusionment, disappointment and ultimately paralysis in the lives of Dubliners and ultimately Dublin itself. Joyce’s characters are disappointed and disillusioned children who go on to become paralyzed adults living lives of isolation, anger and disappointment. An example of disappointment, disillusionment and ultimately paralysis is seen in his childhood section in the character of the boy in “An Encounter”. The young boy of “An Encounter” wants to break from the drudgery of school and decides to play hooky with a couple his friend Mahony. They plan to take a ferry and go off on a Wild West adventure to the Pigeon House. The boys make it an adventure on their day on the streets of Dublin. They play Cowboy and Indians, terrorize a group of girls and go on a…

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