Gabriel has internal issues regarding his patriotism that the reader cannot immediately see. From his opening conflict with Miss Lily, Gabriel discovers that he has difficulties with his self-assurance and how others may perceive him.
Without him, who knows what would happen? Their brief chat bothers him so much that he thinks about it later in the story, showing us that this poor guy is more than a little neurotic.
So we think the dude should take a chill pill. Things take a turn for the even more emotional and serious in the last few pages of the story, when he discovers that his relationship to Gretta turns out to consist of equal parts love and disappointment.
And even more, he not only sees her face in the present, he cycles through a whole list of memories of the past that are, for him, some of the most important of their relationship. Let It Snow Despite all the people who anticipated his arrival at the party, and whom he entertained with speeches, turkey carving, and a funny after-party story, Gabriel gets some very important me-time at the end of "The Dead.
After all, Gabriel is the name of an archangel, and as much as other people want him to arrive and do what they want at the party, he has a message to bring to all of us.
A lot of the early stories in the collection end on a note of very painful or negative emotion think of "An Encounter," "Araby," and "A Painful Case. Joyce has better words for it, but sometimes when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade.
Now, we think Gretta deserves a better than that. We see that her relationship with Gabriel is close: Even when he responds rudely to her desire to go to the West for a vacation, she can laugh at his moodiness. And how does she do that? By bringing the dead to the land of the living.
And that story changes everything. This throws quite the wrench into their relationship, because, as our narrator tells us, "While he had been full of memories of their secret life together, full of tenderness and joy and desire, she had been comparing him in her mind with another.
And then he thinks to himself, "One by one, they were all becoming shades.
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. He was conscious of, but could not apprehend their wayward and flickering existence. Suddenly the world of the dead is right there in the room with him, and all over Ireland, for that matter, just like the snow.
After all, the snow covers graves and homes all the same. Gabriel describes her in contrast to Aunt Julia, and says that "Aunt Kate was more vivacious. When he gives his speech and recognizes her, she tears up because it means so much to her.
She had been a singer in a church until the pope banned women from singing in choirs and this topic causes some heated discussion around the dinner table. The word that he repeats when describing both her hair and her face is "grey. She, too, would soon be a shade […]" and he imagines returning to the house for her funeral The Dead.
She came to live with them when her father and their older brother Pat, died. She earns money by playing the organ for a Dublin church and by teaching music lessons to children.
In the story, Mary Jane has a small but significant role. Early on in the party, and unlike the other accompanists, she shows off her talent by playing a complicated song that causes most of the guests to leave the room or to get bored. Now Gabriel in particular thinks that it "had no melody for him," so it sounds like he and Mary Jane are at odds a little bit.
Their "performances"—her song and his speech—are very different, just as their ways of perceiving the world are. Gabriel waits at the bottom of the stairs and pays more attention to his wife, thinking about a painting he would make of her called "Distant Music.
In the final paragraph, Gabriel notes, "Yes, the newspapers were right: Secondly, her description of the Mount Melleray monks also ends up in the climactic final sentence of "The Dead.
These little insights just go to show that Mary Jane is more than just a partygoer. Freddy Malins A funny drunk whose exaggerated gestures and loud words provide comic relief in "The Dead.
And to top it off he silences the dinner conversation by accusing Mr Browne of not respecting a black opera singer. Especially if we compare him with Farrington from "Counterparts. During the course of the party, he helps take care of Freddy Malins, flirts with dancing girls while drinking, and questions the strange habits of the monks of Mount Melleray.
He takes a cab home with Freddy Malins and his mother, and is part of the final scene of laughter in the story before things turn significantly more somber.
Miss Ivors A vivacious and aggressive young Irish nationalist, she challenges Gabriel during a dance.The Giver Symbols. STUDY. PLAY. Blue Eyes.
It signifies his realization that outside his community there is a world not dominated by Sameness. or things that have attached stories. A lot of times, the author's choice of a character's name can hold symbolic meaning.
For example, the name "Jonas" comes from a character in the Old. CLCS Final- Joyce. STUDY. PLAY.
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