The Dead Discussion Questions

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Do some research about contemporary Ireland, particularly the conflict in Northern Ireland. How does the political climate compare to the Ireland in Joyce's time?

What does Joyce mean by paralysis? Do you find any examples of paralysis in American society?

Readers disagree about the result of Gabriel's epiphany. Do you think he will change as a result of it, or will he remain as he was?

How do you think women are portrayed in "The Dead." How would you compare their social status to women today?

British Rule vs. Irish Nationalism

For much of its history, Ireland has been dominated by British rule, and the debate between independence and allegiance to Britain appears in "The Dead." For instance, Molly Ivors confronts Gabriel about writing reviews for the Daily Express, a newspaper that supports British rule. Generally, those who supported Irish independence were Catholic, while those who...

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