Literary Analysis : ' Dubliners ' And Larkin 's Collection Of Poems
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Despite writing in different centuries, both writers explore the aspect of relationships in Joyce’s collection of short stories ‘Dubliners’ and Larkin’s collection of poems ‘The Whitsun Weddings’. Philip Larkin was writing in the 1960s when there was a huge revolution in social norms, such as attitudes towards sex, which is highlighted upon in his poem Wild Oats. In both Dockery and Son and The Boarding house, the writers express an unfulfilling view of love after marriage. Whereas Larkin believed having children sparked the catalyst to an unfulfilling relationship, as expressed in Dockery and son; James Joyce believed the influence of the 19th century Catholic Church was to blame for Dublin society restricting people from pursuing love, as expressed in The Boarding house. Yet Joyce’s writing also shows he probably did believe in true love, as reflected upon in his final short story The Dead. Joyce draws upon the struggle of having a marriage stuck in paralysis and uses an epiphany to elevate the deepest expression of love.
James Joyce was writing at an earlier era to Philip Larkin, in which the Catholic Church’s teachings ruled Dublin society. James Joyce’s short story “The Boarding house” is a classic example of how religious influence was used by society to control relationships. The story follows an incident in which Mr Doran is entrapped into a marriage with Polly “A slim girl of nineteen” after being seduced by her, at her mother’s boarding house. Although Mrs