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Larissa Zhurakovskya With a population of 1009100 today Dublin has always been a large city It is only logical that the daily thought processes and life force of its people inevitably produce certain spiritual energy a collective consciousness This collective consciousness does not disappear after it is created It is absorbed by the city itself as it has nowhere else to go The roads the buildings the bridges and the trees gobble up this life energy Therefore the city becomes animate with this life force and gains a certain psychosomatic will A large city then intentionally uses this asset to manipulate its inhabitants through emotions that it uses its energy and will to create Based on these emotions the people make decisions that as emotions generally created a uniform response enact the will of the city Nonetheless because the energy and spirit of the city was produced by previous generations its will must reflect the life of the past Therefore the emotions and actions produced by the city in present inhabitants are repetitive and regressive James Joyce recognized this pattern and wrote his Dubliners to show this stagnation and paralysis that Dublin spread over its inhabitants Joyce uses characterization organization and setting to promote this theme The setting of Dubliners is obviously Dublin Joyce vividly and painstakingly describes the city to show how it uses its looks and ambiance to create emotions and reactions within its residents We spent a long time walking about the noisy streets flanked by high stone walls watching the working of cranes and engines and often being shouted at for our immobility by the drivers of groaning carts It was noon when we reached the quays andall the laborers seemed to be eating their lunches Dublin creates emotions such as entrapment glumness and aimlessness with its streets flanked by high stone walls groaning carts and laborers that seem to be always at rest Joyces characters experiencing these emotions try to
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