Literary Analysis Essay

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Literary Analysis

Author James Joyce has written many short stories which were composed to explain Dublin’s way of life. The book is known to his readers as Dubliners. His short stories have been written to help readers understand the many different feelings that were established in Dublin during a time of crisis. During this time in Dublin many changes were occurring and the city was rebuilding from the tragic potato famine and certainly rebuilding as a country. In three certain stories, “The Sisters”, “An Encounter”, and “The Dead,” the literary symbols of escape and journey appear within individuals which are always trying to run from the problems of society. These actions taken help understand why the characters have
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After Father Flynn had died the young boy said, “I knew that the old priest was lying still in his coffin as we had seen him, solemn and truculent in death” (10). The boy knows that he has gone away to escape the life and now is journeying far from Dublin and its worries. Clearly, “The Sisters” shows ways that escaping the reality of Dublin through journeys have occurred for these characters.

In the story of “An Encounter,” one also can view the literary themes of escape through certain journeys taken. The boys in the story are always trying to escape reality in everyday life: “The adventures related in the literature of the Wild West were remote from my nature but, at least, they opened doors of escape” (11). No matter what the circumstances are, it’s a natural habit for the boys just to think about getting away and forgetting about responsibilities. For example, the boy in the story explains, “Every evening after school we met in his back garden and arranged Indian battles“(11). Continuing their escape the boys plan to cut school and journey away from Dublin to seek real adventure: “But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people whom remain at home: they must be sought abroad” (12). They find escape through their adventures, fleeing from home and journeying as far as they can. Even though they are individuals, they go together to escape from reality from the present times of Dublin.

In the
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