Mod A Quotes
'The Sisters' - death ritual, physical
"two candles must be set at the head of a corpse"
- 'must' alludes to the unquestioned Catholic rituals
Dubliners - key theme (from 'The Sisters')
Paralysis: "... name of some maleficent and sinful being"
'The Sisters' - repetition
"night after night"
'The Sisters' - ambiguity
"I think it was one of those... peculiar cases.... But it's hard to say..." [overuse of ellipses]
'The Sisters' - death ritual, verbal
""God have mercy on his soul," said my aunt piously."
""The Lord have mercy on his soul!" said my aunt."
'The Sisters' - geographical context
"...little house in Great Britain Street."
Joyce Geographical conext
City of Dublin, experienced its urban society in the early 20th century
'Digging' - ritual
"The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft / against the inside knee was levered firmly."
'Digging' - cultural heritage
"living roots awaken in my head"
'Boarding House' - description of Dublin
"everyone know[ing] everyone else's business"
'Boarding House' - social entrapment
"she had the weight of social opinion on her side"
'Boarding House' - religious entrapment
"his sin [so magnified] that he was almost thankful at being afforded a loophole of reparation"
'Strand at Lough Beg' - rhetoric, confusion
"Snapping, squealing / ... engine, voices, heads hooded and the cold-nosed gun?"
'Strand at Lough Beg' - resolution of grief (elegy)
"I lift you under the arms and lay you flat.
With rushes that shoot green again, I plait
Green scapulars to wear over your shroud."
'The Sisters' - description of paralysis
"maleficent and sinful being"
'Digging' - cyclic nature/ embracing rather than destroying identity
"between my finger and my thumb // the squat pen rests ... I'll dig with it"
'Strand at Lough Beg' - paraylsis
"Purgatorio" - quote from the second book of Dante's Divine Comedy is an allusion to the in-between state in Catholic beliefs = entrapment / paralysis from historical context
'Mid-Term Break' - role of the father
"I met my father crying - // he had always taken funerals in his stride"
'Mid-Term Break' - grief
"A four-foot box, a foot for every year" - 'heartbreaking logic' of the eldest child
'Eveline' - paralysis
"She was tired" "Escape! She must escape!"
'Eveline' - religious context
"she prayed to God to direct her, to show her what was her duty" - religion as a guide however it causes her to remain in the paralysis of Dublin
'Eveline' - freedom
"now she was going away like the others, to leave her home"
'Eveline' - duty of eldest child
"she had hard work to keep the house together"
'Eveline' - emotional paralysis
"she set her white face toward him, passive, like a helpless animal"
'The Sisters' - paralysis
"every night I gazed up at my window and said softly to myself the word 'paralysis'"
'Araby' - Guilt and desire
"he was a demon possessed by vanity"
'Blackberry picking' - Guilt and desire
"Our hands were peppered With thorn pricks" "lust for picking"
'Blackberry picking' - guilt
"every year I'd hope they'd keep, knew they would not"
Araby - desire
'her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood'
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