Identity Politics In Post-Industrial Revolution Writing.

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Identity Politics in Post-Industrial Revolution Writing
James Joyce 's, "The Dead" and Melville 's, “Bartleby the Scrivener", are both short stories that critique our relation with identity politics. In this paper, I will argue that both of these works aim to show that a symptom of modernization is that self-deception erodes our humanity. The process of which I build this position in the paper will somewhat mirror the progression of the readings. By this, I will compare and acknowledge the context of these stories and their authors. From there I will describe and contrast the protagonists and their relations with society. Following this, I will weigh in on the protagonist 's epiphanies and their resulting actions to break the norms.
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Now that I have established a basic understanding of the writer 's motives, I will begin to uncover their works messages about identity politics.

(GABRIEL ANALYSIS) In James Joyce’s story Gabriel is an Irish university teacher, he lives a middle-class life and has no sense of nationalism. When confronted with this lack of Irish pride he admits he does not speak Irish nor does he desire to see more of Ireland. To Gabriel, this separates himself from his company as they, “reminded him that their grade of culture differed from his." (184) Gabriel adheres to foreign cultures which he finds to be more cultured and sophisticated. It is apparent Gabriel has an ego and a sense of self-entitlement, spawned from his intelligence and independence of Ireland. The next notable thing about Gabriel is like his colleagues, he lives in a routine, every New Year they gather and carry out their traditions. Their lives are parallel to the story Gabriel tells of the horse Johnny; the horse who, after working so long at the mill walking in circles, naturally walked around a statue in town. Similarly, they have done the same for so long, it is all they know and are oblivious to its absurdity. Resulting in a predictable, uneventful tone. Having a sense of superiority with no interest, Gabriel is removed or uncomfortable in each conversation. He deploys daydreams and

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