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On the surface James Joyces Dubliners is a collection of short stories and unrelated characters woven together only by the common element of the city of Dublin in the early 20th century Upon closer examination however it is evident that each story and character is connected by the many common themes that appear in every story The main characters of the stories A Little Cloud and Counterparts seemingly have nothing in common Little Chandler is a quiet artistic man who rarely drinks or strays from his usual routine while Farrington is an impoverished alcoholic on the verge of complete disaster Yet each man experiences agonizing feelings of paralysis and a need to escape leading to strikingly similar epiphanies at the end of each story After a night of drinking and introspection both Little Chandler and Farrington come home and take out their anger on their children symbolically expressing their frustration with themselves and their tragic lives of boredom and missed opportunities Little Chandler earns his nickname not from his physical size but because he gave one the idea of being a little man Joyce 67 Joyce paints the picture of a shy bookish man uneasy and timid in social situations His hands are white and small his frame was fragile and his manners were refined Joyce 67 Conversely Farrington is tall and of great bulk with a hanging face dark and wine-coloured Joyce 84 Little Chandler has no interest in social life and prefers to spend his time reading poetry in his quaint home while Farrington seems to be a raging alcoholic that obviously spends any free moment in a pub While Little Chandler is too shy to even read his favorite poems to his own wife or to meet new people Farrington expresses his anger at his boss causing him to be fired and heads to the nearest bar to drink and brag about it to his friends Its clear that on the surface
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