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After reading several stories from James Joyces Dubliners many of the themes are similar There is not usually an enormous plot because all of his stories are about working people in Dublin Every story has a very important theme that he brings out through his description of these regular peoples actions and through the setting He does not use a normal story line a plot or a definite climax and resolution In the story Counterparts he uses the theme of regular peoples lives religion and alcoholism all of which are recurring themes in his other stories Every aspect of Farringtons life has no hope for improvement He is scolded because he didnt finish a contract in time His job is done half hearted without any passion Farrington is a clerk who copies legal documents by hand While being reprimanded by Mr Alleyne his only answers were mumbling sentences that did not stand up for himself The way he talks demonstrates his lack of excitement he has to live Farrington did not finish the contract in time but handed it in without the last two pages hoping nobody would notice When Alleyne comes down to reprimand him for not finishing the contract Farrington attempts to stick up for himself Mr Alleyne asks the rhetorical question Do you think me an utter fool Farrington answers quickly with I dont think sir that thats a fair question to put to me Mr Alleyne is embarrassed because Miss Delacour is in the room There were rumors that Miss Delacour was having an affair with Mr Alleyne The rumors said that he was dating her because she was a wealthy lady Now if he did not apologize to Mr Alleyne he would be fired but Farrington doesnt care His thoughts are not on his job but on how he is going to get drunkThe theme of alcoholism shows up throughout the story After Farringtons first scolding by his manager he
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