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James Joyce is not so much a writer as he is a painter of words His works appear simplistic at first glance but under scrutiny they reveal the inner world of a character and the reality of the common man through symbols metaphors and sensory analysis Something as simple as the sunny side of the street can open a whole new door to one of Joyces plots For instance his short story The Sisters in the collection The Dubliners appears to be and innocent and unassuming account through the eyes of a nameless boy of his dealings with the life and death of his friend and informal tutor Father James Flynn But with subtle hints visual images and word play Joyce spreads before the reader the lost hopes of a man who can longer believe in what he for so long has held as his purpose in life To the na reader the story lacks an obvious plot The first part of the story deals with the broken conversations surrounding Flynns death and the boys thoughts on the matter The middle begins with a dream sequence the boy has and then leads into a day of reminiscence for the boy of the looks and habits of the dead father The last part takes place at his aunts house where she and the boy pray over the dead fathers body and discuss with his caretaker how the father came to this untimely demise due to a stroke-induced paralysis The monosyllabic language and broken thoughts that are the writing style of the story are typical of a young child In the writing and the usage there appears to be none of the common trappings of a short story plot such as a build-up of events a climax or a resolution Joyce relies heavily on the readers abilities to infer the meanings of symbols and symbolic language The priest is mortally ill with what the characters
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