I just finished The Dead (and the rest of Dubliners too). I found Gabriel Conroy quite relatable, and this bothers me –because isn't Joyce trying to show Michael as the only truly good character? Everyone else is caught up in the past, where as Michael is afraid to die for the strength of his love in the present.
Joyce didn't want to portray characters as good or evil. In any case, Michael Furey was the only truly passionate character, but look where that left him.
In any case, if you feel you related too much with Gabriel Conroy, and you dont like that, then you should figure out why that is so and fix it.
protip: don't be a snob
>In reference to a passage in the Books of Samuel which refers to a saying about the blind and the lame, Rashi quotes a midrash which argues that the Jebusites had two statues in their city, with their mouths containing the words of the covenant between The Jebusite King and Abraham; one figure, depicting a blind person, represented his son Isaac, and the other, depicting a lame person, representing his grandson, Jacob.
'Michael Fury' is perhaps somewhat comparable to David at this time?