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In James Joyces Dubliners we are introduced to a number of themes and symbols through a variety of short stories One such theme that makes Dubliners a highly unified literary work is that of paralysis This unity can be seen in many of the stories but this paper will look specifically at A Painful Case Eveline A Little Cloud and The Sisters Through the images and emotions he uses in his characters Joyce shows us that at least one main character from each of these four short stories experiences some sort of paralysis in their respective lives To begin in A Painful Case Mr Duffy is paralyzed in a sense with the fear of actually being with someone who loves him because he feels that every soul must be lonely He is so used to being lonely that when he meets Mrs Sinico he doesnt realize how truly good she is for him He is struck with a feeling of paralysis because he has been alone for so long that being with someone else doesnt feel right Mr Duffy is too cowardly into enter a committed relationship with a sensitive woman and condemns her and himself to a life without love He doesnt realize that being lonely is no way to live life because loneliness is all that he knows He chooses to be alone for whatever reason thus there are no outside pressures driving him to the feeling of paralysis He in essence shouldnt feel any sort of paralysis because it is ignorance that dominates his life One element that marks this story as different however is the fact that Mr Duffy himself chooses to reject the given escape he is not driven like in Eveline by uncontrollable pressures but simply by a kind of prudish reserve In Eveline we see a young girl struggle with the obligations that she has towards her family as well as her yearning to leave
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