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A collection of short stories published in 1907 Dubliners by James Joyce revolves around the everyday lives of ordinary citizens in Dublin Ireland Freidrich 166 According to Joyce himself his intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of his country and he chose Dublin for the scene because the city seemed to be the centre of paralysis Friedrich 166 True to his goal each of the fifteen stories are tales of disappointment darkness captivity frustration and flaw The book is divided into four sections childhood adolescence maturity and public life Levin 159 The structure of the book shows that gradually citizens become trapped in Dublin society Stone 140 The stories portray Joyces feeling that Dublin is the epitome of paralysis and all of the citizens are victims Levin 159Although each story from Dubliners is a unique and separate depiction they all have similarities with each other In addition because the first three stories The Sisters An Encounter and Araby parallel each other in many ways they can be seen as a set in and of themselves The purpose of this essay is to explore one particular similarity in order to prove that the childhood stories can be seen as specific section of Dubliners By examining the characters of Father Flynn in The Sisters Father Butler in An Encounter and Mangans sister in Araby I will demonstrate that the idea of being held captive by religion is felt by the protagonist of each story In this paper I argue that because religion played such a significant role in the lives of the middle class it was something that many citizens felt was suffocating and from which it was impossible to get awayEach of the three childhood stories uses religion to keep the protagonist captive In The Sisters Father Flynn plays an important role in making the narrator feel like a prisoner Mr Cotters comment that a young lad should run about and
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