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In the Irish Catholic Society portrayed by James Joyce in Dubliners the characters live in a world guided by respectability yet some are driven by the urge to escape Joyce illustrates the reputable populace as false and undesirable and depicts his protagonists as the few who recognize and attempt to seize opposing views Nevertheless in his somewhat pessimistic approach Joyce concludes each tale with an inevitable resort to the world the characters had wished to escape Most exemplary of this is The Dead the longest and most multifaceted of all the stories as it could arguably be a culmination of each previous narration The lone story in the collection with a distinguished ending The Dead confirms that any attempt at escape will be ultimately thwarted at the expense of respectability as his final character Gabriel Conroy attempts to abscond but to no avail Joyce inserts subtle language of escape throughout the story When Gabriel Conroy is first introduced he takes off his goloshes to reveal patent leather shoes p202 This is notable for its reference to both the aspect of escape and the aspect of respectability Gabriels patent leather shoes shoes are a mode of escape are covered from the snow by the goloshes It is interesting to note that the mediums that could bring this man to escape are covered respectability It is obvious that Gabriel attempts to stray from the typical mindset of the general public as proven by his newspaper analyses which earn him the uncoveted title West Briton by Miss Ivors p216 and other such depictions of his open minded liberal attitude OeWe usually go to Franceto keep in touch with languages and partly for a change p216 yet nevertheless it is Gabriel who insists on the goloshes OeGoloshes Said Mrs Conroy OeThats the latest Whenever its wet underfoot I must put on my goloshes To-night even he wanted me to put them on p205 He demonstrates the goloshes
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