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The Dead Gabriel Conroys Awakening James Joyces The Dead begins at the annual 1904 Christmas party given by the Misses Morkans Miss Kate and Miss Julia This is also considered a yearly reunion The party consists of many family members and friends many of whom dislike one another particularly Gabriel It is at the party that we are introduced to Gabriel and our initial impression is that he is self-centered and selfish As the story continues our feelings towards Gabriel evolve as he changes In the beginning of The Dead Gabriel is self-absorbed and solipsistic however he becomes a more caring individual following his epiphany Gabriel is a very rude and selfish man He arrives late to the Christmas Party and then blames lateness on his wife by telling everyone but they forget that my wife here takes three mortal hours to dress herself290 In actuality they arrive late due to Gabrie ls stubbornness This man does not enjoy family functions Perhaps he caused their lateness because he does not really care for his family By shrugging off people with whom he converses it shows how much interest he has in his family which is practically none at all Another example of Gabriels self-involvement is his interaction with Lily Lily has been the caretakers daughter for years yet Gabriel does not even know how old she is His asking if she goes to school or if she is planning to be married supports this Lily realizes that he is not really interested in her life and is just making conversation She says to him bitterly The men that is only all palaver and what they can get out of you290 Lilys response embarrasses Gabriel causing his face to flush To ease his discomfort he gives her a coin claiming it is given to her due to the Christmas spirit and practically runs away from her A third example of Gab riels insensitivity to other peoples
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