Literature is an inherent element that defines the society and has been critical as a tool that scholars have since used to explain the various facets of human living. Through the demonstration of various themes, the reader can relate the timing of a book to the occurrences that were unique with a given society at a particular time. It is upon this basis that James Joyce structures his book of fifteen short stories titled Dubliners that is motivated by the various element of nationalism. Following the demonstration of the storyline in Dead and Araby, the reader can make the assumption that Irish nationalism is structured upon the basis of separation and reminiscing about the lost warriors at war.
Separation can first be perceived as a key feature that defines the Irish nation because literature authors depict their characters as lonely members. For example, in The Dead, it is seen that Gabriel Conroy is a stressed person because despite the fact that he has a wife, he rarely spends time with her. When he finally gets the chance of vising a hotel with his wife, he is thrilled at the opportunity because juts as it was in the Irish nationalism, the Irish people were thrilled to realize their freedom. Similarly, the narrator in Araby is delusional and obsessed with the idea of talking to a girl that he starts steeling glances at a neighbor’s daughter (Price 23). The symbolism in this feature is that one realizes that the Irish nationalism was founded on a society that was composed of people who were living a separated life and they were thrilled when they got the freedom they were anticipating.
The other significant feature that one can relate from the author’s outlining of the themes of the book Dubliners is that freedom fighters in Ireland consider reminiscing as a major basis for addressing stressing moments. It is normal for people to have historical moments that cause them to be distressed and, in the end, make such subjects to ponder upon the tragic moments that occurred. From the reading of the author’s description of the life conditions in Ireland, it is apparent that the characters face stressing conditions (Joyce 2). The manner in which they respond, however, is the significant feature because the subjects try to escape from the reality by resorting to recall the great times they had with the dead. Gretta avoids the idea of consummating her relationship and starts recalling her past relationship. The effect compares to freedom fighters avoiding to enjoy life because of an unfortunate past of fighting for the country’s freedom from the British (Donschikowski 32). Gabriel is angered but ponders over not having been informed about such a crucial aspect about his wife’s past. The same outcome is perceived when one considers the nature of the relationship the narrator had with the neighbor’s daughter in Araby because he was also unable to enjoy life just as the freedom fighters. He is caught up in a love stressing episode that angers him so that he could not buy his new friend a preferred gift that would draw her into him. The common feature that the reader draws from the manner in which the author describes the nationalism in Ireland is that people try to evade their problem because of the stress associated with war and revolution.
In summary, it is worth noting that from the description of the major themes in Dubliners, Irish nationalism is defined by people trying to avoid living as others and evidently show that they are leading stressful lives. The two tales that are appropriate in the description of these themes are Dead and Araby, two of the key books in James Joyce’ Dubliners. Overall, the reader can conclude the through characterization and the assessment of the thesis of literary works, one can make significant assumptions about a country’s nationalism journey.
Donschikowski. Literary Analysis Using James Joyce’s “Araby:” A Thematic Approach. 2006, https://ghcdsapenglish.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/araby.pdf. Accessed 10 Mar. 2021.
Joyce, James. Dubliners. Grant Richards Ltd., 1914.
Price, Jerry. “Araby”: A Simple Tale of Youthful Passion. Campu Pages, 2016.