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Analysis of Gabriel from James Joyce's, The Dead

Analyze the character of Gabriel as an inhabitant of the modern wasteland as it is depicted in "the Dead" by James Joyce. You may want to use portions of Eiot's poem "The Wasteland", Part I, to establish some basic characteristics. Note especially the following themes in the story as they affect Gabriel: the failure of communication, the failure of religion, and the failure of personal relationships. What does Gabriel's epiphany at the end of the story suggest?

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T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland, "Part 1" emphasizes the thin line between life and death. This suggestion or idea is a focal point of modernism and the modern wasteland; life can stem from death and death is an inevitable step of life. This section of the poem discusses the aspect of the continuation of torture through living and the indifference with which people live it. The focus plays on the notion of living without importance or not participating in life is futile; it makes the individual dead, metaphorically.

This notion is exemplified in James ...

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This solution analyzes Gabriel from James Joyce's, The Dead. It explores many aspects of the character and offers insight through the use of T.S. Eliot's, Wasteland Part 1.

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