The Sense Of Escape In James Joyce's 'Dubliners'

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Corina Waters
Dubliners
“Dubliners” is a collection of fifteen short stories written by author James Joyce. These short stories reflect on his feelings associated with the city of Dublin, where he grew up in a large impoverished family. After he graduated from the University College in Dublin, Joyce went to live abroad in Paris. Joyce finished writing “Dubliners” in 1905, just a year after moving to Paris, though he had trouble getting the collection of short stories published so it wasn’t officially published until 1914. Joyce moving to Paris indicates a sense of entrapment that led to his desire to escape Dublin. The situations in his stories differ significantly, but each character within these stories experiences this sense of escape that Joyce had. Joyce uses these short stories to
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