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Though James Joyces realist short story The Dead and TS Eliots mock-epic poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock both describe a climate of self-conscious emotional inarticulacy and division the protagonists of each work deny themselves the pleasures of the present by their refusal to integrate differing tenses into their lives The alienated Gabriel obscures the past and its shades in The Dead and the insecure Prufrocks anticipatory nightmares mire him in a prison as static as his repetitive and symmetrical stanzas These two hallmarks of Modernist literature critique the spiritual desiccation of the early 20th-century and not surprisingly it is the temporal movement of regression to better times not progression to an unknown future that rejuvenates Gabriel and drowns Prufrock Willful dislocation from Ireland is one of the more outright signs of Gabriels severance from the past His conversation with Molly Ivors at his aunts annual Christmas partya liminal event that looks forward to the future while remembering the past but one which has grown stale for Gabrielcements his status as a West Briton not a patriotic Irishman And why do you go to France and Belgium said Miss Ivors instead of visiting your own land Well said Gabriel its partly to keep in touch with the languages and partly for a change And havent you your own language to keep in touch withIrish asked Miss Ivors Well said Gabriel if it comes to that you know Irish is not my language 2016 Gabriels position as an outsider looking in is magnified through his linguistic disconnection from his people later capitalized on by Miss Ivors as she shouts a Gaelic goodbye Beannacht libh in her final verbal jab at Gabriel indeed music and song two highly mnemonic cultural essentials are foreign elements to his ears throughout the novella Gabriel could not listen while Mary Jane was playing her Academy piecethe piece she was playing had no melody for him 2014 His domain
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