James Joyce's style of writing in Dubliners is unlike any other. It is undeniable that
Joyce and his literary works have changed the element of the conventional style of
writing and given way to more experimental methods. He has left such a mark, which can
never be neglected. He gives us deep insight into human minds and how they work
under certain conditions. In Dubliners, setting plays an important role for the characters.
We get to see a complex look at the desires, thoughts, feelings, and individual
experiences of the characters. By looking closely at the following short stories, “The
Sisters,” “Eveline,” and “The Boarding House," one will understand why setting plays
such an important role for the minds of the characters.
In "The Sisters," a young boy reflects on the looming death of his friend Father
Flynn. Knowing that the priest is terribly ill and has little time left to live, the boy makes
a habit of walking past Father Flynn's house, looking for the light by his window. "Night
after night I had passed the house and studied the lighted square of the window." The
young boy figured that if the priest was dead, he would see the reflection of the candles
on the darkened blind. "For I knew that two candles must be set at the head of the
corpse." Here Joyce gives the reader insight on the how the young boy is trying to figure
out if Father Flynn has passed away or not. Something as simple as the window lights
and candles had a much deeper meaning than one would expect.
In "Eveline," a young girl sits at home, looking out her window and reminiscing
about her childhood. "She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue."
Here Eveline faces an indecisive dilemma; either remain at home keeping a promise she
made with her mother to take care of the house, or leave Dublin forever with her lover
Frank. "Her time was running out but she continued to sit by...