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James Joyce and Dubliners

Joyce: life and works

James Joyce was born February 2nd, 1882 in Dublin.He worked as a university teacher in Italy and become a good friend of Italo Svevo.He run away from Italy during both of World Wars and die in Zurich in 1941.His most famous works: Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939).

Main themes

  • Paralysis.
  • Corruption.
  • Dysfunction.
  • Death.

Narration methods

"A Style of scrupulous meanness"

  • Stream of conciousness.
  • Symbolism.
  • Realistic descriptions.
  • Epiphanic method.
"He felt that he had been outcast from life's feast."

A Painful Case

  • Mr. Duffy
  • Mrs. Sinico
  • Mrs. Sinico daughter
  • Mrs. Sinico's husband


Dramatic event

Only a tragic death could have led Mr. Duffy to aknowledge of his wrong lifestyle.


He caused the death of the woman he loved because he didn't realize how much she felt alone.


The story concludes where it begins, with Mr. Duffy alone.

The tragedy of this story is threefold

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