Wednesday, September 4, 2019
A Message of Awareness :: Essays Papers
A Message of Awareness James JoyceÃ¢â¬â¢s book Dubliners, is composed of several intriguing short stories. JoyceÃ¢â¬â¢s main emphasis is to send a Ã¢â¬Å"wake up callÃ¢â¬ to the people of Dublin about the appalling conditions of Ireland. In a letter to his publisher Joyce tells him that he Ã¢â¬Å"seriously [believes] that [the publisher] will retard the course of civilization in Ireland by preventing the Irish people from having one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking-glassÃ¢â¬ (qtd. in Beja 33). Joyce proves his assertion through his use of characters and situations in the short stories Ã¢â¬Å"The Boarding House,Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"A Little Cloud,Ã¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"The Dead.Ã¢â¬ In addition, autonomy and responsibility play a major role of how the characters act and react to certain situations that connect to the hard times of Ireland. In Dubliners, characters often face situations that are portrayed as Ã¢â¬Å"light and dark.Ã¢â¬ In Ã¢â¬Å"The Boarding House,Ã¢â¬ Mrs. MooneyÃ¢â¬â¢s actions and interactions are primarily portrayed as being manipulative. She is a Ã¢â¬Å"darkÃ¢â¬ person and Joyce uses examples to support this. Joyce describes Mrs. Mooney as a person that is stern and is Ã¢â¬Å"all business.Ã¢â¬ Mrs. MooneyÃ¢â¬â¢s characteristics imply that she is someone to fear. In addition, Mrs. MooneyÃ¢â¬â¢s boarding house is run with much order. Joyce states that Mrs. Mooney Ã¢â¬Å"governed her house cunningly and firmly, knew when to give credit, when to be stern and when to let things pass,Ã¢â¬ which a viewer can acknowledge that Mrs. Mooney is a Ã¢â¬Å"darkÃ¢â¬ and fierce women when it comes down to taking actions on others (56). Furthermore, Mrs. Mooney has such a stern and superior control over the tenants that Joyce states that the Ã¢â¬Å"young men spoke of her as The madam,Ã¢â¬ which means a lady of respect (57). They know that Mrs. Mooney is one lady to be feared. In Ã¢â¬Å"The Boarding House,Ã¢â¬ Mr. DoranÃ¢â¬â¢s actions with Polly caused him to be fearful of Mrs. Mooney. Joyce explains how Mr. DoranÃ¢â¬â¢s feelings about receiving consequences from Mrs. Mooney are Ã¢â¬Å"dark.Ã¢â¬ Joyce exaggerates the depth of Mr. DoranÃ¢â¬â¢s nervousness towards receiving his sanctions were so fierce that Ã¢â¬Å"he felt his heart leap [Ã¢â¬ ¦] in his throatÃ¢â¬ (61). Mr. DoranÃ¢â¬â¢s actions are so fearful that he acts as if he is being tried for murder. Mr. DoranÃ¢â¬â¢s fears of the consequences are so Ã¢â¬Å"darkÃ¢â¬ that He longed to ascend through the roof [of the Boarding House] and fly away to another country where he would never hear again of his trouble.