Analysis of The Dead by James Joyce

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Analysis of The Dead by James Joyce

James Joyce's significantly titled story “The Dead” is about a dead generation and society of people. Joyce’s decision to add Gretta’s reminiscing with the dead Michael Furey in “The Dead” is extremely important. Perhaps if Joyce decided to end the story after Gabriel’s speech or the setting up of the dinner party, we would still be left with a very pleasant short story. However, Joyce continues on with a significant encounter of the dead Michael Furey that uncovers a side Gabriel has never recognized of himself. The dead in “The Dead” bring out new realizations of Gabriel’s life and interfere with the way he is living it.

Michael Furey is the final eruption of the past in “The Dead”. It causes Gabriel to feel his animalistic nature, a...

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