The Dubliners Essay

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     Writing enables James Joyce the power to belittle not only Dublin, but to express his lack of affiliation with the Catholic Church. In Dubliners, Joyce paints the picture of a town filled with greed, both sexually and financially. He takes the definition of religion and turns it on itself. Joyce shows no mercy on his path to ridicule Dublin’s pride and historical roots. In a number of the stories Joyce depicts man as an infection in Dublin. Most of the time men will be at fault or the root of a problem. Joyce also has little difficulty writing about an imperfect Dublin, one that when spoken about only draws countless gasps.
     James Joyce was a boy born into religion and a man born
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In this story it is Joyce who has religion pressed on him, causing a domino effect of attacks on religion and society in the stories that follow in Dubliners.
     “In the fall of 1888, at age six, Joyce was enrolled as the youngest of the boarders at Clongowes Wood College, an academically sound Jesuit boarding school outside of Dublin in Salins, County Kildare.”(The Gale Group, 1996. pp. 160-181.) In supporting this fact “The Sisters” reveals to us how Joyce’s life was prearranged to be a Catholic and how his beliefs were force-fed. When he was done with school, “Joyce took his degree in October, and in November 1902 he left Ireland for Paris.”(The Gale Group, 1996. pp. 160-181.) Joyce without a doubt had a traumatizing childhood. He rebelled against his Catholic upbringing and against the domestic politics of his native land. In the beginning of “The Sisters” Joyce stated his opinion. He wrote how the boy would walk by the window to see if there were candles present, announcing the priest’s death and giving the boy a sense of closure. This story was Joyce’s cry to let him take hold of the reins in his life.

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