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The story The Boarding House by James Joyce presents different universal themes that can be easily related to our own lives and which had affected most of us at least once One of the themes found in this story is the theme of social expectations which is well reflected by the way the main characters who are involved in a love relationship in which the social expectations or moral obligation is to get married Another theme found in this story is the fear of being attached to someone or something in this case a relationship To this two themes of social expectation and fear of attachment are themes which must of us can relate to our personal experiences The theme of social expectation is always present in our daily lives whether we want it or not In this story the theme is reflected specifically in Mr Dorans decision making criteria about what to do about Polly whether to marry her or to run away Unable to counter the combined power of social opinion religious censure and job security Doran throws in his hand and Mrs Mooney sic does win Chaudhry-Fryer Mamta 2005 As represented in this quote Dorans decision of marrying Polly did not came naturally his decision as some decisions we make every day such as to study something important or be with someone socially accepted instead of someone we love came from social expectation instead of own moral value Doran is not sure to marry Polly or not even though he loved her He could imagine his friends talking of the affair and laughingBut what would grammar matter if he really loved her Joyce 582 Dorans inner conflict is all about social expectation as must of conflicts in real life are Dorans conflicts do not end in social expectations the young bachelor also deals with another inner conflict about getting engaged or not Doran knows marriage is a trap His
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