Deathin the Dubliners by James Joyce
Deathin the Dublinershas a wide representation of various highlights on how death affectspeople differently. Death can be said to be spiritual or mental,however, in either case, it causes significant realignment oncharacter’s lifestyle. Joyce applies death as a functional theme inthe novel (Torchiana). The story’sroadconcentration on death makes a rather elusive concept which can besubject to critical analysis. This research paper, therefore, tendsto explore various instances of how death affects people differentlyin the DublinersbyJames Joyce.
Firstly,Dublinersstory “The Sisters”recountsthe Death of Father Flynn which functions as an access to the story.The advent of death in the church opens up to the life of a boy. Itunveils strange relations of the priest and the boy. Contrary toadult’s expectation of the boy’s reaction to the incident, heseemed not distressed but seemed confused about the feeling he shouldhave following the priest death (Yildiz 2).
Anothernotable effect of death can be seen in Dubliners“Eveline”which recounts how a death person haunted the living in Dublin. Thestory gives a glimpse of a good life of Eveline, a character in thenovel who enjoyed a good life while her mother was alive (Kennedy).Her mother’s death came with greater responsibilities of thefamily. Reminiscences of her dead mother play a critical role in herdilemma of either staying at home or leaving Dublin with her lover(Joyce 28). Further influence of death is seen when she feels guiltyof breaking mother’s promise on the dock, which makes herspiritually paralyzed during her departure.
Mrs.Sinico’s death also influences James Duffy’s life. The aftershockof her death brings in a rather unusual aspect of life to James. Asshe envisions her death, a self-realization engulfs his earlierselfish approach (Maher). From this perspective, Duffy is a livingdead, while Mrs. Sinico is physically dead (Yildiz 4). Lastly, theconcept of death plays a critical role in the story, it has a role inshifting probable individual emotions and energy from oneself toothers. From the paper, it can be concluded that death affects peoplein differing ways. Many of instances of deathin Dublinersin cause’s adverseeffects to the living, some feeling a sense of relief like theunnamed boy, while others being penitent like James Duff. Effects ofdeath to the people is sometimes the spirit of Ireland, people becomesubject to structural routine, and some encountered paralysis asshown by Eveline in the story.
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