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Life After Death James Joyce states it best saying Better pass boldly into that world in the full glory of some passion than fade and wither dismally with age p143 Not only is he talking primarily about the death of relationships but also that of literal death and other mortalities and the way they take shape Gretta and Micheal probably represent the passionate passing best Micheal Fureys last visit with Gretta started with some window taping and ended with death and lost love Micheal knew that instead of growing old with love he should die while his fire for Gretta still burned bright Gretta rather boldly said to Gabriel I think he died for me p141 However Gretta did not make that assumption until later contemplation Joyce also does a good job of outlining the meaning of life cycles It takes something to grow before it can die and something to die before it can grow For instance Gabriels love was hidden until the uncovering of death for then it bloomed Joyce then carefully picks the name Gabriel Perhaps this too supports the cycles of life Gabriel the angel indirectly brought Jesus into the world which in turn brought the key intention of the bible to life death The death of Jesus is only important for the forgiveness of sins or our only chance of a worthy life after death Still it would not have been possible without the birth Now its Grettas turn Gretta in her deep remorse for the long lost friend starts to relive some of her lost emotion As Micheal did she too wants to go with passion before age strikes her Gabriel even says he knew that it was no longer the face for which Micheal Furey had braved death p142 Similarly a tapping at the window and the falling of snow comes before she goes Gabriel knows what has happened Joyce tells us by saying His
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