James joyce the dead essay questions

James joyce the dead essay questions

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Santa Croce, Florence

Mr. Patterson’s English Class

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James Joyce, The Dead Questions

1. Who is the protagonist of The Dead?

2. Who is/are the hosts of the party in The Dead?

3. What is the reason for the party in The Dead?

4. How does Julia makes her living?

5. How does Kate makes her living?

6. How is Mary Jane related to Kate and Julia?

7. How does Mary Jane makes her living?

8. How is Gabriel related to Kate and Julia, and Mary Jane?

9. Where do Kate, Julia and Mary Jane live?

11. Who is Gretta, where is she from and what is her relationship to Gabriel?

12. What does Gabriel say that upsets Lily?

What does he do to try and make up for his faux pas?

13. Who is Freddy Malins? What is wrong with him?

14. Who is Mr. Browne and how is he different from the other people in the story?

15. What is significant about the artwork hanging above the piano?

What theme in The Dead does the artwork suggest?

16. Who is Molly Ivors, how does Gabriel know her and what is the

«crow to pluck» Molly Ivors has with Gabriel?

17. While talking to Molly Ivors, what does Gabriel confess is his language?

How does Molly Ivors insult Gabriel? Explain.

18. After dancing with Molly Ivors, where does Gabriel sit? What does he wish?

What feelings does he reveal when thinking about Molly Ivors?

When thinking about his aunts?

19. A disagreement erupts among several people after Julia finishes singing

Arrayed for the Bridal. Briefly summarize the disagreement.

What does the disagreement suggest as a theme of The Dead?

Provide a key quote.

20. If you read the description of the feast for the party, you’ll notice it is

Described using many military terms. Identify some and explain why

You think the feast is described in this way.

21. Two topics are discussed during the meal. Briefly summarize each and

Provide a significant quote for each.

22. Why is Mr. Browne unable to understand about the monk’s habits? Explain.

23. Briefly summarize Gabriel’s speech after dinner. To what does Gabriel

Compare Julia, Kate and Mary Jane in his speech? What is the theme

Of Gabriel’s speech? Pick one quote that seems appropriate for the occasion

And explain its appropriateness. Also, pick one quote that seems

Inappropriate for the occasion and explain its inappropriateness.

24. College Prep: How sincere do you think Gabriel is in his after

Dinner remarks? Explain.

25. Aunt Kate says as the guests are leaving, «Browne is everywhere.»

What might Mr. Brown be a symbol of and why? Use a significant quote

To prove your point.

26. Summarize the story Gabriel tells about Johnny. What does the story

Symbolically reveal about Gabriel, his family and his country? Explain.

27. When Gabriel sees his wife on the stairs at the end of the party, Joyce is

Alluding to a famous scene from a play. To what play and scene is Joyce

Alluding and how does this allusion relate to a theme of The Dead?

28. What do Gabriel’s thoughts about his wife as she stands on the stairs reveal

About him as a person? What do Gabriel’s thoughts about his wife as she

Stands on the stairs reveal about his feelings for Gretta?

29. College Prep: What do Gabriel’s thoughts about Gretta as she stands on

The stairs reveal Gabriel’s understanding of the role of art in society and

In the life of an individual?

30. The song Bartell D’Arcy sings is a ballad called The Lass of Aughrim.

It is sometimes titled Lord Gregory and there are more than thirty

Versions of it. All tell the same basic story from the same point of view.

Briefly summarize the ballad. Why is it appropriate that this is the ballad

Is listening to as she stands on the staircase?

31. Gretta and Gabriel return to their hotel, Gabriel uses the following simile to

Describe his memories of their marriage. «Like the tender fire of stars

Moments of their life together, that no one knew of or would ever know of,

Broke upon and illuminated his memory.» Joyce is alluding to a famous line

In a play by Shakespeare. What play is it and why is it significant?

32. What does Gabriel tell Gabriel that Freddy gave to him?

How does she react? What is significant about what Freddy gave

Gabriel and about Gretta’s reaction?

33. Who is Michael Furey? What role has he played in the life of Gretta?

W hat happened to him?

34. What does Gabriel realize about his own life at the end of the story?

What do you think he will do? Why?

35. What does the snow at the end of the story symbolize? Why?

36. Which characters are dead and which are alive?

List them and provide reasons and examples from the story.

37. What qualities is Joyce suggesting in this story are required of people to be alive.

List them and give reasons and examples from the story.

38. College Prep: What is Joyce suggesting in The Dead is the role of art in

Individuals’ lives? Provide examples from the story and reasons.

39. College Prep: Based on The Dead, what qualities must art, literature and

Music have that determines their success or failure?

Does The Dead succeed or fail? Why?

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