Essay about Analysis Of James Joyce 's Dubliners

1526 Words Nov 20th, 2014 7 Pages
In James Joyce’s Dubliners, readers can get a brief look into the world of Ireland at the turn of the century. In his stories, Joyce brings to light some of the struggles and disappointments that many of the Irish faced in their daily lives. Joyce’s stories are marked by epiphanies, specifically ones where the character realizes the absence of the divine opposed to the recognition of it. Examples of this can be found in “Araby” and “Eveline” in the way that both main characters undergo the transition from innocence to experience through epiphanies, causing them to see that their personal paralyses are due to their own sense of vanity. Both of these stories nod at completeness in the sense that there is something each character desires or longs for, but never finally achieves. This can be interpreted as a modern form of paralysis in Dublin life. Both “Araby” and “Eveline” can be classified as coming-of-age stories in which experience is gained when each character realizes the truth of their romantic illusions, but in different ways. While the boy of “Araby” understands that he is to blame for his self-deception, Eveline perceives Frank as a threat to her romantic idea, instead of her own lack of courage to leave Dublin behind. “Eveline” is a story of adolescence written in free indirect discourse. The reader is guided throughout the story by Eveline’s thoughts. Eveline claims to live a hard life. She takes care of the house and her drunk of a father, keeping the promise…

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