James Joyce's Dubliners: The Concept Of Paralysis

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Dubliners:the concept of 'paralysis '
James Joyce was an Irish, modernist writer who wrote in a ground-breaking style that was known for its complexity and explicit content.1 Joyce was and is one of the most respected writers of the 20th century. Among his works there is Dubliners, a collection of fifteen short stories, first published in 1914 , that is often reffered as one of the finest works ever written. This particular short story collection had to be submitted 18 times to a total of 15 publishers before actually getting published.
“ I call the series Dubliners to betray the soul of that hemiplegia or paralysis which many consider a city.” 2
The main theme of the Dubliners short story collection is centered around the concept of 'paralysis '. Joyce seemed to have wanted to reveal the reality of Dublin. In this particular work of his, the characters, inhabitants of the city of Dublin seem to find themselves in a stationary universe, an modern life inferno, that they are unable to escape. Many of them dream of leaving the Irish capital and discover other places. “The variety of characters in Dubliners offer the reader several perspectives to the very real spiritual, intellectual and physical threats of this modern city.”3 Other themes present in these text are self-destruction and regress as deception,simony, truancy, drunkenness, pederasty, child and spousal abuse, gambling, prostitution, petty thievery, blackmail and suicide are present in nearly every relationship
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