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James Joyce's Dubliners

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James Joyce's Dubliners

The struggle that the Irish people must face with the problems of their society can be seen clearly in the book Dubliners, by James Joyce. This book portrays a unique image of what the Irish people are experiencing during the time. However, this book gives a deeper view of what really is occurring because it gives us the themes of the problems that are happening in a peculiar way. In fact, one can see throughout the stories the humanities theme of individual and society, and the literary theme of journey and escape. Moreover, there is a similarity of these themes between the stories of Araby, A Mother and, The Dead. Meaning, that each of the characters has a journey because they are affected in a positive or negative way by an individual or society.

In the story of Araby, the humanities theme of individual and society can be linked with the literary theme of journey and escape. The main reason for this is that the main character in this particular story has a journey that benefits or affects him with an individual or society. In the first place, the principal character, a young boy, realizes that he is in love with this girl that is the sister of a friend of his. This character mention us that he gets nervous every time he sees her, but most important of all is the fact that he says that everywhere he goes, her image accompanies him (22). For this boy, every time he goes to the market with his aunt, it is a journey for him because he gets distracted with every single characteristic of the atmosphere, because they all remind him of her. When he visits the market with his aunt, it is for the principal character a quest because he thinks frequently of the girl and hi...

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One can see that the humanities theme of individual and society with the literary theme of journey and escape can be seen clearly in the three stories of Araby, A Mother, and The Dead. These stories represent the hard situation that the people of Ireland had to face a long time ago. In addition, these themes are consequences of the horrible atmosphere that people in Ireland had to deal with. All these stories have in common the search of an identity and recognition of the society, but they also have in common that at the end they cannot accomplish their journeys and they decide to escape and start all over again. As has been said, these stories in Dubliners show clearly that no matter what one journeys are, they wont be always perfect and that is why one must escape and start all over again to find the correct journey in ones lives.