Darkness Everywhere in The Dead by James Joyce

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As we grow older, we begin to not only realize the lack of light, but the objects inside the dark which can be more frightening. We start understanding how darkness makes us feel. Darkness makes one think of unusual scenarios that are not real, but seems so real at that moment. Once we start believing in those scenarios, they start to overcome us and we no longer stay ourselves. There are multiple definitions of darkness and they all go with these two authentic stories, Heart of Darkness and The Dead. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, darkness is defined as: partial or total absence of light, wickedness or evil, unhappiness, secrecy and lack of spiritual or intellectual enlighten. Comparing, Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad and The Dead written by James Joyce, each author brings out darkness and the living dead into the main character and shows how much it changes them for the worse and/or for the better.
The Dead by James Joyce was an amazing story about a man named Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta attending a holiday party thrown by his aunts, Kate and Julia Morkin, where he is supposed to deliver a speech in which he is very nervous about. Throughout the whole story, Gabriel shows us his personality through his actions given to other people. Gabriel lacks emotional intelligence and is insensitive about everything around him and the world. His personality is what…

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