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Lee A Zito In James Joyces The Dead through an epiphany the main character Gabriel realizes the true relationship between him and his wife Gretta The epiphany Gabriel experiences is the direct effect of his wifes confession to having a love before she met him Not just a love but a true love named Michael Furey Before Gabriel had heard this story he continuously looks at his wife thinking about how much he loves her and how much he wishes they could only feel the excitement of their relationship His emotions and feelings are shattered when he hears Grettas story of Michael Furey At first he feels anger toward her Anger at the fact that he was not her first love He is also humiliated to feel as he did before foolishly in love when it was quite clear their relationship was not what he thought it was He thinks about how she still carries so much fondness for her dead lover and he grows envious that she had found her one true love After staring at his wife asleep on the bed he feels deeply saddened that he will never experience a true love relationship in return from his wife He wants her to be happy and he knows she is actually devastated even after all these years of appearing to be content in their boring marriage He decides then that he will make it up to her He will be the man she always wanted and needed Gabriel makes the decision to move to Ireland the country he detests in the beginning of the story This is a sacrifice he will make to show his true love to his wife Gretta A sacrifice which in no way would have been possible if he had not experienced the epiphany within the story
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