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‘Dubliners’ is a collection of fifteen stories written by James Joyce. All the stories together create a depiction of Irish people living in Dublin, set at the beginning of the 20th century. This was the era of Irish nationalism and of a search for independence from Great Britain. The English had control over Ireland that resulted in impeding the development of the country and disempowering Ireland politically. This led to paralyzing the Irish inhabitants as well as their politics and...
The story ‘Eveline’, by James Joyce, talks about a young girl who faced with a choice between whether to stay in Dublin with her family or leave with her boyfriend for a new life in Buenos Aires, up to the last minutes to stay behind. The story is divided into three sections: in the first section, Joyce introduced the reader to Eveline, her house, her environment and her childhood memories. In the second section, we meet Frank. Frank invites Eveline...
What does it mean to be human? I think to be human is to want to be free, to have control of your actions, and to follow your own desires. At the same time, and somewhat inconsistently, we all want to belong, to be part of a group, and to have the support of those around us. The human experience, I believe, is therefore defined by the paradoxical struggle to reconcile the individual’s desire for independence with their acceptance to...
In James Joyce’s short story, “Eveline,” in the collection Dubliners, he introduces the story off with Eveline gazing miserably out the window, the distinct smell of dust causing her to reminisce about her youth when she was able to frolic and play in an empty field with other children before new houses were built. This memory sparked a profound sadness inside her, remembering that was when her mother was still breathing, and her father, still a father. Realizing that her...
“One life behind and one before, and I that stood between”, – wrote Rosemary Dobson in her poem ‘Cock Crow’. This illustrates the universal human experience of paradox between individual’s aspirations and their social responsibility which confronts us all. Dobson’s poem ‘Cock Crow’ examines the inner struggle of a young mum who is overwhelmed by domestic duties and yearning to know what lays beyond. The entrapment arising from conforming to societal expectations can shapes a women’s life as clearly expressed...