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The Oppositional Forces of Freedom and Entrapment in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Both Hardy and Joyce use the oppositional forces of freedom and entrapment as a means to complicate and thereby deepen key themes of self-hood in 'Portrait' and 'Jude'. The thematic opposition is further illuminated by the authors choice of epigraphs and formal construction. In a greater sense, freedom and entrapment can al...
Epiphany in James Joyce's Araby and The Dead
December 20, 2016 Epiphany in James Joyce's “Araby” and “The Dead” The short stories, “The Dead” and “Araby”, James Joyce often uses imagery and symbols to illustrate each character’s feeling and emotions. Both stories are about individual’s downfall which eventually results in realization and with displeasure feeling. “A...
The Struggles of Stephen in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a Novel by James Joyce
Children are constantly asked about their dreams and aspirations. This never-ending stream of directed questions can only lead to the disillusionment that everyone has some great destiny awaiting them. In James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the protagonist Stephen is struggling through inner turmoil betwe...
The Failure of the Catholic Church in A Painful Case, a Short Story by James Joyce
The Failed James Joyce, a modernist writer, has produced countless short stories portraying issues in 19th century Ireland. One reoccurring theme throughout his many works is how the Catholic Church has failed Ireland’s society by not providing enough spiritual guidance. In “A Painful Case”, Joyce puts a unique spin on thi...
The Motif of Deadly Repetition in Dubliners by James Joyce
Deadly Repetition In James Joyce's Dubliners, the theme of paralysis is presented throughout the motif of “deadly repetition” exhibited in both stories Clay and Eveline. Maria and Eveline are from two different stories, and yet are both stuck in the cycle of deadly repetition. The two women, both go through life like “wal...
Disillusionment and Attempts of Escape in Araby, a Short Story by James Joyce
Disillusionment and Escapism in Joyce’s Araby James Joyce’s story "Araby" can easily be seen as a story about a young boy’s unrequited love. From gazing at his friend’s older sister from afar, to whispering her name in silent prayer, it is easy to see how the thought of her occupies the protagonist’s mind. However, the b...
The Theme of Discontent, Resentment, and Frustration in A Little Cloud, a Short Story by James Joyce
Head in the Clouds James Joyce’s A Little Cloud, written in 1914, tells the story of the conservative Dublin clerk known as Little Chandler who sets up a meeting with Ignatius Gallaher, an old friend of his, at a restaurant called Corless’s. Gallaher made himself a successful journalist in London since he left Dublin eight...
Eveline's Decision in Eveline by James Joyce
Eveline Coming from a strong Irish family, I understand “Eveline” by James Joyce to my core. When I was young I was groomed to be a family person. “Always do what’s right for the family, first!” my grandmother would constantly say. That phrase still rings in my head over and over. Eveline, however is faced with such a huge...
A Comparison of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man vs. Harry Potter Epiphanies generally mark the major turning points of a protagonist’s life. In James Joyce’s A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, the concept of self awareness through revelation, or epiphany, is of central importance. The main character of his work, Stephen Deda...
The Theme of Paralysis in Eveline and Clay From Dubliners by James Joyce
Themes of Paralysis in “Eveline” and “Clay” from Dubliners by James Joyce As a high school student who has compulsory schooling and required classes there is sometimes a sense of being stuck that I have felt. This sense of being stuck is also known as paralysis. Its not just high school or the 21st century where the fee...
Accepting the Changes That Happen to Us in the Story Araby by James Joyce
It is undeniable that every person goes through several severe changes in their lifetime. These changes are chemical; they cannot be controlled. What can be controlled, however, is accepting these changes. If people understand this, why are so many blind to reality and still stuck in their childhood illusions? One must unde...
The Differences Between the Stories Araby by James Joyce and A&P by John Updike
Two Different Worlds In the stories Araby by James Joyce, and A &P, by John Updike, they are both about two young men who are trying to chase after women. Both stories are about young love. However, these stories are set in different times and also in different places. Araby is not set in America. It is set in 1904 in I...
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: Dedalus's Relationships with Women
Stephen Dedalus and Women From the very beginning of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man—and thus the beginning of Stephen Dedalus’s memories—his relationship with the women in his life is complicated. He clearly loves his mother, but does not know what to answer boys in the schoolyard when they ask him whether he ki...
An Exploration of Religious and Moral Connotations in Dubliners by James Joyce
James Joyce and the Epiphany: An Exploration of Religious and Moral Connotations James Joyce revolutionized literature and ushered in the era of modern fiction. Joyce became famous for his revolutionary use of stream of consciousness narrative along with his abstract snippets he used to represent his different characters....
The Role of Women in the Novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Short Story Eveline by James Joyce, and How to Escape a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique
The Role of a Rebellious Woman in Literature Literature has always been the mirror of the human psyche. It can be interpreted in various ways to understand perspectives and social trends. In today’s changing world, where citizens are fast awakening and realizing the importance of fighting for equal rights, it has become es...
The Prison of Routine in the Novel Dubliners by James Joyce
The Prison of Routine People have lived with routines ever since civilized societies first emerged. Routines gives people comfort. From the very basic routine of brushing teeth before bed, to the most complex subconscious routines that keep the body alive, routine is something that is ingrained in us from birth. But once p...
The Effective Use of Setting in James Joyce's Araby and John Updike's A&P
One of the critical elements of any given work of literature is its setting; an author always hand picks these details in order to achieve a specific purpose in his or her work, after all, there are no random occurrences in literature. Everything is by design. This is especially the case in James Joyce’s “Araby” and John Up...
The Characters' Expectations in the Short Story The Dead by James Joyce
Expectations of the Living Expectations are one of the driving forces in this world. A bold statement, to be sure, but with a little thought it can be understood that the statement is mostly true. When a person expects a situation to go a certain way, they usually do everything they can to make that situation meet their ex...
A Comparison of Eveline by James Joyce and Pita Delicious by ZZ Packer
In the two pieces of short fiction Eveline, by James Joyce, and Pita Delicious, by ZZ Packer, there are overarching themes present that relate the characters of each story to us as people. As one of the building blocks for a short story, it is to be expected that themes exist. However, theme is not necessarily the most well...
A Literary Analysis of the Dead, a Short Story by James Joyce
James Joyce’s The Dead is a short literary novella that begins as a well-documented afternoon and closes with a feeling of intimacy and beauty that only a few stories are able to create. This work of fiction is a prismatic tale that is a brief read that very quickly creates a world that is so visually believable, it is bar...
The Maturing Process of the Main Character in the Short Story Araby by James Joyce
James Joyce is a writer from the early 1900s who wrote many short stories including“Araby”.The main character in “Araby”, a young boy,is going through changes and is feeling desires for women that he has never felt before. He is going through changes by progressing from childhood and through the feelings of a teenage to man...
A Comparison of Araby by James Joyce and the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Modern literature is most often characterized by a self-conscious recess from traditional styles of writing, focusing more on the experimental facets of expression within poetry and verse. When comparing “Araby” by James Joyce and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, features of modern literature can be seen within bot...
The Theme of Catholicism in the Short Story Araby by James Joyce
Catholicism in “Araby” The short story “Araby” by James Joyce tells the story of a young boy in Ireland during the late 1800s, and his infatuation with a girl that is symbolic of his religious beliefs. However, when the story ends, the boy realizes that the girl is not as great as he anticipated. Like the boy in the story,...
The Life of Little Chandler in the Short Story, A Little Cloud by James Joyce
In James Joyce’s A Little Cloud Little Chandlers life is characterized by his potential, his disappointment and his shame. Throughout the story we see Little Chandler’s shy timid nature holding his future back, and the progression of events that follow as his life moves on without him. In the last third of the short story w...
An Analysis of the Devotion One Makes to ANother When in Love in Araby by James Joyce
Anything for Her “Araby”, by James Joyce shows the devotion that one makes to another when in young love. The idea of this short story was about devotion and what it does to you and the way you change because of this. The young boy which is our narrator has an attachment with his best friend's older sister. He seeks her at...