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The Stages of Life Dubliners is roughly organized into a framework chronicling a human life we begin with younger protagonists and then move forward into stories with increasingly aged men and women Although this is a broad generalization the stories also tend to increase in complexity Araby An Encounter and Eveline for example are fairly simple and short tales The Dead the final tale of the collection is nearly three times as long as the average story in Dubliners It is also the richest of the stories weaving together many of the previous themes of the book Joyces portrait of Dublin life moves not only across a small range of classes the poor and the middle class but also across the different periods of a human life Poverty and Class Differences Poverty is one of the most pervasive themes of the novel Joyce usually evokes it through detail the plum cake Maria busy in Clay for example is a humble treat that costs her a good chunk of her salary Characters rail against their poverty Lenehan in Two Gallants sees no future for himself and sits down to a miserable supper consisting only of peas and ginger beer Farrington of Counterparts stays in a hateful job because he has no other options His misery is such that he ends up spending far more than he can afford on booze We catch glimpses of slums as in An Encounter when the two young schoolboys see poor children without fully comprehending what their ragged clothes imply about the small childrens home conditions and prospects in life Dublins poor economy is also the reason why characters must fret about keeping even miserable jobs Poverty is never pretty in Dubliners For every gentle poor soul like Maria there are numerous revolting characters like Corley and Lenehan of Two Gallants Joyce explores the negative affects poverty has on the character Colonization and Irish Politics Dublin is a defeated city the
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