Do you think "The Dead" incorporates or expands upon elements from previous stories in Dubliners? If so, how?
Students can think about whether, as the last and longest of the stories in Dubliners, "The Dead" ties up any loose ends, so to speak. Certainly some strands which have been woven throughout the book appear here, including a dialog about Irish identity, a focus on art and its social function, the influence of the Catholic Church, voice and speech-making, and a focus on self-conscious inner monologue. Students can also consider what new themes have been added in "The Dead."
Do you find Gabriel likable? Do you think that Joyce wants readers to like this character?...
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