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Is Dubliners a modern, international piece of fiction, or is it dated by the geographical and historical context?
I believe that Dubliners is an example of modern fiction, both in style and theme. Undoubtedly the stories do have aspects that may cause them to initially appear somewhat dated. I struggled myself to understand some of the language and references when I first picked it up. Yet, many of the themes I most related to, unfulfilled dreams, love and loss, are timeless. I also think that Joyce's decision to use a single setting to tie together a set of stories involving unrelated characters is a very modern, more forward looking convention.
Though Dubliners was written by a twenty five year old Joyce more than a hundred years ago.the theme,plot and the characters' problems in the fifteen stories all seem to be timeless.We come across modern day Mr.Duffy or Eveline in our everyday encounters,so caught up in their problems that they do not see an easy way out even though the solution maybe staring at their faces.I loved how Joyce changed Gabriel Conroy's character from a very pompous one too full of himself to a very compassionate character by the end of a short story.The transformation is very modern
It is debatable whether James Joyce blamed the colonialist British occupation or the rigid Catholic heritage for Dublin's problems. Paralysis of the short story protagonists seems more rooted in the religious upbringing, particularly the Christian Brothers education that so influenced the boys in many of his stories.
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