Hey guys. I just finshed reading Dubliners by James Joyce. Obviously I just finished reading the final story The Dead. Well I'm after a few points of discussion. Did you guys catch the vast symbolism the first time around? What did you find to be the most symbolic. Did you enjoy it?
no, I found all of the stories to be very dry "americana" (don't know what the irish/general equivalent of this is) type things at first. unless you really get into the nitty gritty literary stuff like pov/word choice/memory it's not really something that grabs you and shakes you.
Will agree and disagree with you, Irish nationalism and Irish identity and influence of the English is a huge part of the book, i thnk some of itnis suppose to be dry, kind of says something about what it is to be Irish at the time
I will most certainly agree you have to delve to far into nitty gritty literary analysis
Basically, just google Irish politics and read up the relationships at play circa 1914, when the story was published. A number of the characters function as metaphor/embody different groups/ideologies.
In my opinion, it's always a good idea to learn a bit about a work's genesis-and by this I mean basic period and broad strokes about the author- before reading. There's a reason so many modern scholars read The Wife of Bath as a feminist piece.