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Religion it is one of the main themes in The Dubliners it can consistently be found in Joyces book of short story It can all be traced back to Joyces experiences with religion as a youngster He developed a dislike of religion finding hypocrisy in it Religion becomes the key of the stories and you begin to search for the religious factors of each story The key is to find the character that is effected by religion In Araby we are presented with a young boy who has a very active fantasy life and is obsessed with the girl next door He spends a considerable amount of time fantasizing about her She dominates his thoughts He is a dynamic character because as the story progresses he becomes more and more obsessed with her He begins to idealize her and she becomes his angel He can not get her out of his mind Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand We see the story through the boys eyes revealing his fantasies She becomes this angel this heavenly creature that takes over his mind The boy uses this angel to escape his every day life We are thrown around between the real world and the fantasy world It is at the end when the boy realizes reality and that he cannot be with an angel That his fantasy world of heaven can not be reached and that he is stuck in reality were he is living in a dead priests house and were his life is filled with darkness and gloom He is forced to reckon with the fact that his idea of being with an angel was a fantasy and that he could never be with her In The Sisters we find a boy who is dealing with death for the first time The religious effect on the boy can be summed
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