Research Joyce's Life And Explain How Growing Up In Dublin Affected Him. To What Extent Are His Life Experiences Reflected In Dubliners?

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Although most of James's life was spent outside Ireland, however his Irish experiences have a huge impact on his writing. The setting and the subject of his stories are all based in Ireland. His stories are based on his life experiences in Dublin that reflect his family life events and friends throughout his school and college days.Dubliners is an analysis of life in Dublin, when Joyce grew up. Joyce was born in 1882 in a large Catholic family in the Dublin suburbs of Rathgar. James's father John and parental grandfather both married into wealthy families, however in 1893 John was dismissed from work, and he and his ...view middle of the document...

Here he wrote a number of articles and at least two plays. Later many of his friends at University would be characters in James works. In 1903 he returned from a short stay in Paris to be with his mother as she was diagnosed with cancer. After she died he began to drink heavily and his life began to deteoriate.In Dublin after one of his drinking binges he got into a fight, and was later helped by a old friend of his fathers, Alfred H. Hunter who tended to his injuries, who let him room with Oliver ST John Gogarty. Both these men served as characters in James's works. His stay was however not long as James left because Oliver shot a pistol in his direction.Joyce's concern with life among the Irish lower middle class is reflected in his works, especially in Dubliners. The short-story collection, Dubliners which was published in 1914 contains many incidents and characters that are related to Joyce's early life in Dublin. The book establishes a vision of life in the capital which serves as a metaphor for the spiritual condition of the Irish nation as a whole. Dublin has endured more then a century of decline, and in Dubliners Joyce focuses on a narrow strand of Dublin society, one which he was involved in intimately. Joyce's goal in Dubliners, was to make 'all people, places, things and times repeat and resemble each other., he tried to portray a realistic image of the Dublin city and its inhabitants.

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