Dubliners: it consists of fifteen short stories concerned about human situations, moments of intensity and lead to a moral, social or spiritual revelation. The opening stories deal with childhood and youth in Dublin, the others, advancing in time and expanding in scope, concern the middle years of characters and their social, political or religious affairs.
The use of realism is mixed with symbolism. Joyce want to take the reader beyond the usual aspects of life and he employed a peculiar technique to achieve his purpose, the Epiphany, that is "the sudden spiritual manifestation" caused by a trivial gesture, an external object or a banal situation which used to lead the character to a sudden self-realization about him/herself or about the reality surrounding him/her. Another pervasive theme is the paralysis. The paralysis of Dublin which Joyce wanted to portray is both physical, resulting from external forces, and moral linked to religion, politics and culture. Joyce's Dubliners either accept their condition because they are not aware of it or because the lack the courage to break the chains that bind them. He doesn't use the omniscient narrator, the single point of view are rejected and he chooses the direct speech and often the free direct thought. The linguistic register is varied.

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