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Joyce said that in Dubliners his intention was to write a chapter in the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because the city seemed to me the centre of paralysisThe 15 stories which make up the collection are studies on the decay and banality of lower middle-class urban life and the paralysis to which Joyce refers is both intellectual and moralThe characters who appear in the stories lead uneventual and frustrated liveswhich are described through carefully chosen detailaThe fact that there is very little action points again to the paralysis and monotony of life in a modern cityThe stories are divided into 4 groupsAs Joyce explainedI have tried to present Dubins paralysis under four of its aspectschildhoodadolescencematurity and public lifeThe stories are arranged in this orderThe sisters After the race An encounter CHILDHOOD The boarding house ADOLESCENCE Araby Eveline Two gallantsA little cloud Ivy day in the committee roomClay A mother
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