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In 1904, when Joyce was just 22 years old, he was asked by George Russell (AE) to write something "simple, rural, livemaking, pathos" for the Irish Homestead. Instead, Joyce delivered a series of somber stories revolving around the themes of entrapment and revolt set against the Dublin background. Joyce had by then refined his realistic, straightforward style, and writing the book with an attitude of "scrupulous meanness", his intention was to "betray the soul of that hemiplegia or paralysis which many consider a city."

In fact, Joyce was convinced that paralysis was at the heart of Dublin and in the hearts of the Dubliners themselves. That same year, he turned his back on his paralysed hometown and travelled with Nora Barnacle to Italy, teaching at Berlitz schools in Pola and Trieste. In the following years, Joyce continued working on "Dubliners", often asking his brother Stanislaus in Dublin to verify various details while at the same time frantically trying to persuade English editors to publish the book. It appeared - finally - in 1914.


The Theme of Paralysis in 'The Sisters' 

Author: Carsten Blauth | Languag: English | File: 25Kb PDF

This essay focuses on the dominant theme of paralysis in the opening story of Dubliners. It illustrates the different kinds of inertias as experienced by the characters in 'The Sisters.'


Father Flynn and the Boy 

Author: Carsten Blauth | Language: English | File: 65Kb PDF

Examines the complex relationship between Father Flynn and the young boy in the first story of Dubliners. It emphasizes the silence prevailing in the story, i.e. the lack of direct speech outside the narrative voice, and argues that there is a certain spiritual kinship between the priest and the boy.