Title Significance in Dulbiners

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University Undergraduate Level 2 English Literature (James Joyce) Mind Map on Title Significance in Dulbiners, created by andrewmanzi on 04/30/2014.

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Title Significance in Dulbiners
1 Araby
1.1 On the surface a real occasion
1.1.1 Oriental fete being held in the outskirts of Dublin
1.2 Deeper Meaning
1.2.1 Romantic term for the Middle East
1.2.1.1 No such country
1.2.1.2 Popular throughout the 19th C to express the romantic view of the East
1.2.1.3 Story about romantic irony and a romantic view of the world
1.2.1.4 Connotes the exotic; the intriguing excitement of an imaginary world
1.2.1.5 Apocalyptic world of romance
1.2.1.5.1 The boy sees his failure at the bazaar as a sign for the failed romance between him and the girl
1.2.2 Suggests an escape
1.2.2.1 The boys erotic desires for the girl become joined to his fantasies about the Bazaar
1.2.2.1.1 Unable to focus on school work due to anticipation
1.2.2.2 Land of romance & beauty away from the mundane routine of city life
1.2.3 The story is about orientation: derived from the orient which comes from the East
1.2.3.1 Originally meaning to orient yourself - know in which direction the sun rises
1.2.3.2 The boy in Araby is disorientated
1.2.3.2.1 Young / Inexperienced
2 Grace
2.1 Religious
2.1.1 Supernatural gift conferred by God on man so that they might be able to attain salvation
2.1.2 Friends coaxing Mr. Kernan to go to church
2.1.2.1 Questionable Understanding of religion
2.1.2.1.1 Almost comic
2.1.2.1.2 Genuinely trying to help their friend
2.1.2.1.3 None of the men actually practice their faith
2.2 Play on words
2.2.1 Physical dexterity and elegance
2.2.1.1 Ironic as the first time we meet Mr. Kernan he has fallen down the stairs lying in filth
2.2.1.2 Lack of grace in the story
2.2.1.2.1 Only a few 'graceful' moments in the story
2.2.1.2.1.1 When the cyclist comes to help wash the blood from Mr. Kernan
2.2.1.2.1.2 When Mr. Power offers to take Mr. Kernan home
2.2.2 Playful - almost a joke from Joyce
3 The Dead
3.1 Paralysis / Inner-death
3.1.1 Spiritual paralysis of those who escape their inner squalid reality through daydreams, yet are limited in their imaginings
3.1.2 Gabriel living life as though he were dead
3.1.2.1 Does not truly know his wife
3.1.2.2 With death there is some resurrection of spirit
3.1.2.2.1 Gabriel feels it is now better to live life "in the full glory of some passion"
3.1.2.2.1.1 "Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age."
3.1.2.3 Gabriel sees himself as a shadow of a person, flickering in a world in which the living and the dead meet
3.1.3 Physically living but emotionally dead
3.1.4 Inability to change
3.1.4.1 Who people appear to be and who they truly are
3.1.4.1.1 People at the party appear lively, but inside these people are dead - emotionally and in their ability to change
3.1.4.1.1.1 Gabriel is the exception as he changes at the end of the story
3.1.4.1.1.1.1 Symbol of Ireland
3.2 Ireland
3.2.1 Troubles that Ireland is facing
3.2.1.1 Death of Irish identity
3.2.1.1.1 Can be a ressurrection of spirit of the Irish similar to that in the story
3.2.1.1.1.1 Joyce's optimism for Ireland
3.3 Relationship between those dead and those alive
3.3.1 Lines beginning to blur
3.3.1.1 As are those between imagination and reality
3.3.1.1.1 "the solid world itself which these dead had one time reared and lived in was dissolving and dwindling."
3.3.2 Dead affecting the living
3.4 Must not linger on the past but embrace the present
3.4.1 Gabriel's speech

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