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Objective Explain the theme of James Joyces The Boarding House Identify its overriding idea Establish grounds for your interpretation and explain why the idea is important Theme Every reputation meets the challenge of realizing the appearance of propriety is of greater social importance than the essence of propriety Discussion of theme in The Boarding House by James Joyce When an author sits down to write a story he or she may already have the basic plot and theme of the story in mind The setting and mood of a story help to unfold the mystery behind the text What drove the author to write the story For The Boarding House James Joyce probably sat down with pen paper and an idea As the characters came into motion the theme became unveiled it is inevitable that each reputation meets challenges which force the individual to an epiphany that the appearance of propriety is socially more important than the essence of propriety In the case of The Boarding House Mrs Mooney Polly and Mr Doran have to battle individual struggles in the attempt to maintain a seemingly reasonably sense of propriety in the community As Mrs Mooney is a member of the Catholic faith and must therefore hold strong in propriety To ensure a pleasant atmosphere surrounds her she hosts a gathering on Sundays at which everyone would jump in to act as entertainment including Mrs Mooneys two children Jack and Polly Unfortunately her life hasnt always seemed so easy After the death of Mrs Mooneys father Mr Mooney went to the devil and began to drink gamble and engage in other less than ideal activities When Mr Mooney attacks her with a cleaver Mrs Mooney visits the priest to ask for a separation with care of the children She is granted the separation with care of the children without having to offer Mr Mooney room or board This results in Mrs Mooney beginning to set herself
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