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It is Joyces use of voyeurism that most characterizes the erotic in The Dead The Boarding House Two Gallants and Araby Eroticism is strongly driven by mystery and suspense By creating a passive individual experiencing sexuality without actual contact Joyce can use every aspect of that individuals own perception to paint the ideally charged moment The voyeur simply watches and waits desire increasing with avoided consummation In all four stories the details tones circumstances imagery and language communicate eroticism by emphasizing this desire Actual interaction when it happens is veiled from the reader creating a whole separate world in what isnt told We see erotic action through imagination memory or description The lack of realization and interaction strengthens the erotic by keeping it veiled creating in inner world we cannot know The rhythm of Joyces cyclical motifs and the sensuality of his visual images create the perfect frame for this sense of recognition and desire without consummation Joyce tends to occupy more than one consciousness in weaving his narrative Fisher in lecture 10499 Watching and waiting are characteristic of every point of view involved in these stories In The Boarding House action is motivated entirely through observation Mrs Mooney notices that something is going on between Polly and one of the young men Signet Classic 60 because she is closely watching Her own emotion and decision to act are driven purely by what she sees between these two people The reader becomes voyeur as well switching peepholes almost systematically and catching three different people in the state of waiting In Two Gallants the use of watching is more apparent as the encounter of two lovers is told entirely through the eyes of someone spying on them Lenahan simply observes them for a few minutes 53 and is affected by the sexuality of their exchange Once the lovers have disappeared from sight both the reader and Lenahan are forced to wait Even when interaction never occurs
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