In his book Dubliners, James Joyce included fifteen short stories, which were originally aimed to depict the reality and naturalism of the Irish middle class life in Dublin and its suburbs in the beginning of the 20th century. Not only did James manage to depict the actual life of its protagonists, but he also managed to show the variety of colours of that life, catching reader’s attention, at the same time shocking him. The stories were actually written when Irish nationalism was in full swing. These were the days when people were searching for national identity and purpose, as Ireland has been always shocked by a number of converging ideas and influences. The main idea of all the short stories is ‘enlightenment’ – Joyce wanted to push his characters to self-understanding. Also, another trace of James Joyce’s short stories is a clear interpretation of all the periods of life of a human being – childhood, adolescence and maturity, as mostly all the stories are narrated by children and with the continuation of the story, James interweaves elder people.
Essays on James Joyce
Critical Thinking on Comparison of the Ideas of Artistry Embodied in Ulysses by Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus
There are several phrases that have been used repeatedly by Leopold Bloom in the course of Ulysses. For example ‘High Grade ha’ – this seems to be referring to the novel itself. The ‘high grade’ is so because the author can show off knowledge of Hebrew, discourse on reservoirs and gravity. The author is depicted as an annoying genius without self control, washing the reader away in vain and infantile torrent of words.