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James Joyces Dubliners was written in 1914 right at the onset of World War I breaking out in Europe It is a journey through the stages of life itself childhood adolescence adulthood public life and finally death Each one of the stories in the novel fall into one of these stages After the Race falls into the adolescence aspect of the book It does this because the characters have not yet grown up Although they are adults they are still immature Jimmy is easily fooled into gambling away all of his money He never regretted it He was actually happy that Routh won the game and took everyones money Because of actions like this they are very carefree about how they go about with life The only thing that they want to do is be happy They were very free moving about doing whatever they wanted but a cloud was settling over them This cloud was entrapment Most of the story is about how the characters struggled to keep their freedoms over the entrapments It also touches upon other characters from other stories by paralleling Jimmy to Eveline After the Race is a story in which the ideas of freedom and entrapment are tested and joined as one to prove the overall archetype in Dubliners of paralysis and deathFreedom can be seen throughout this story Each character presents their own struggle with freedom The aspect of freedom can also be seen in the setting that is used in After the Race Even the aspect of a race can be thought of as freedom The drivers are speeding along down windy roads toward an endpoint where there is a reward While driving the driver can become one with nature He sees his surroundings and must make split second decisions about what to do One can see freedom in this It is the freedom of choice In Dubliners as a whole many characters struggle with this freedom
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