Dubliners Themes and Motifs

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Dubliners
In what concerns Joyce’s style of writing we can observe that he balances the objectivity – the attitude of “scrupulous meanness “ and sympathetic understanding of characters with the help of the stream of consciousness and epiphanies Scrupulous meanness - ‘Scrupulousness’ is a crucial element both in Joyce’s use of language, and in the structure and form of the stories. ‘Scrupulous meanness’ refers to a most complex and heavily allusive style that determines the reading of Dubliners. From the minimum of words Joyce succeeds to extract the maximum effect. Joyce puts this style forward as a means to express his moral intent The Sisters

* “sensation of freedom as if [he] had been freed from something by the priest’s death “ * “desired to confess something. I felt my soul receding into something pleasant and vicious region […] I too was smiling feebly as if to absolve the simoniac of his sins” * “…I wouldn’t say he was exactly…but there was something uncanny about him. I’ll tell you my opinion…”(incomplete sentences of aunt) * “one of those …peculiar cases”

* “scrupulosity in the Catholic Church is a very real, potentially paralyzing, mental disease”(Bremen) Stream of consciousness - Depicts the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind. Eveline

* “She had consented to go away, to leave her home. Was that wise? She tried to weigh each side of the question. In her home anyway she had shelter and food; she had those whom she had known all her life about her. Of course she had to work hard, both in the house and at business. What would they say of her in the Stores when they found out that she had run away with a fellow? Say she was a fool, perhaps; and her place would be filled up by advertisement. Miss Gavan would be glad. She had always had an edge on her,especially whenever there were people listening.” Araby

* “What innumerable follies laid waste my waking and sleeping thoughts after that evening! I...
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