Feast Scene In The Dead

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In The Dead by James Joyce the main scene of the short story is when all of the characters are in one place which is at the dinner table for a Christmas dinner. This is also the climax of the story. The scene of the a feast reveals the values of two characters in the short story named Ms. Ivors and the other Gabriel. Also at this dinner scene the values of what their society is like in Ireland. The feast scene in the short story allows the true values of the characters to be revealed. One example is the character Ms. Ivors. Her values are actually revealed right in the beginning of the feast during the dancing before the feast. She us dancing with the main character Gabriel and during the dance she said to him “‘Well, I’m ashamed…show more content…
At the feats scene Gabriel, the nephew of the two aunts who are throwing the Christmas feast, is supposed to be give a speech. Well before he gets up to speak he contemplates saying “the quotation from Browning” because “he feared they would be above the heads of his hearers.” Here we see that Gabriel does not want to tell the quote in his speech to all of the guest because he feels he is to smart for them and that thy will not understand nor appreciate the quote for what it should be. This shows Gabriel’s true values that he does not think highly of people who are not as smart as him which is a bad way to look at the world because then one closes off people from themselves but also they close off a part of themselves from people, which is not healthy for anyone…show more content…
By the party alone it shows the societal differnece in politics for one with Gabriel and Ms. Ivors but also in the social class structure. At the beginning of the feast when everyone is showing they all meet the caretaker at the door named Lily. Well Lily is of a lower class than evryone at this feast and this is shown when she is talking to Gabriel and he “Then took a coin rapidly from his pocket. “‘O Lily,’” he said, thrusting it into her hands, ‘it’s Christmas-time, isn’t it? Just ... here’s a little....’ He walked rapidly towards the door.” Right beofre this she was openong up about her feelings towards men in the town and once that happens Gabriel shuts her up with money because that is the thing to do to someone in the bottom class, and then walks away. This shows rift in society in Ireland because two people, who the only difference is how mich money their family has, cannot even have a friendly conversation. In The Dead by James Joyce there are major values of characters shown during the feast scene and also a major rift in the society of the characters in Ireland. Ms. Ivors and Gabriel both have their underlying values brought into light, which are not very humanly. Then in the society in Ireland there is a major rift and speration of the classes that brings turmoil to
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