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Literature is constantly showing its readers aspects of people and societies that would notnormally be shown to the public The various aspects of society that writers choose tofocus on are done for a reason Whether or not it is a positive or negative aspect ofsociety doesnt hold any significance The only thing that matters in society is why writerschoose to focus on the subjects that they do Most writers are trying to push their readersfurther by challenging them with an aspect that the reader may overlook in everydaysituations In his Dubliners James Joyce uses the function of religion in society to showhow corruption has overtaken the Irish Joyce portrays the immoral and corrupt role ofthe priests in society to show the hypocrisy behind the Irish Catholic Church and all thatJoyces symbolism of the physical features and sexual connotations of the priestsin The Sisters Ivy Day in the Committee Room and in Grace provides readerswith an example of how deceiving these honorable religious figures truly are In TheSisters Joyce describes the physical features of Father Flynn to show how othercharacters felt uncomfortable in his presence It seems that Father Flynns company arealmost repelled to him When he smiled he used to uncover his big discoloured teeth andlet his tongue lie upon his lower lip a habit which had made me feel uneasy in thebeginning of our acquaintance before I knew him well 13 This quote shows theawkwardness of Father Flynns physical appearance The discoloured teeth shows thatthe priest wasnt hygienic when in reality priests are supposed to be purified andcleansed The teeth show that corruption exists in Father Flynn because he hasntfollowed the regulations of priesthood Another unexpected characteristic of an Irish priest is seen in Father Keon He is described as being almost seductive with other menand women of the Church No no no said Father Keon speaking in a discreetindulgent velvety voice Dont let me disturb you now Im just looking for MrFanning 126
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