The Women in James Joyce's 'The Dead' and in John Huston's filmic adaption by Lena Spiekermann

The Women in James Joyce's 'The Dead' and in John Huston's filmic adaption

byLena Spiekermann

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,3, Ruhr-University of Bochum, course: Ireland, North and South, in Film, language: English, abstract: James Joyce's Dubliners is a famous collection of short stories, which introduces its readership to the life of Irish middle class people at the beginning of the 20th century. Especially the final of these short stories named The Dead, which simultaneously is the longest, received a brought reception. It is 'the story of Gabriel Conroy who attends the Christmas dinner party of his aunts, the Morkans, accompanied by his wife Gretta' (Brannigan 56, 57). Here, he is confronted with his pro-British existance, in contrast to some nationalist attitudes. In the end, he discovers that his wife fell in love with a boy in Galway once, who died, and that their relationship is not, and never was, as passionate as he wants it to be. In general it can be said that 'Joyce presents people in their relation to both nationalism and love' (Manganiello 94) It arouse interest over seventy years after its first publication, when John Houston made it into a movie in 1987. This essay will analyze the changes that happened through the conversion from short story to film. Because the paper has a limited number of pages, the special focus will be on the women Gretta Conroy, who is next to her husband Gabriel the main actor, Miss Ivors, who stays in mind because of her strong feelings for her home country Ireland and Lily, a minor character but the first woman appearing in the story. After giving a description of their characters in the novella, the third chaper of this paper will deal with these women in the movie. It will be shown that they nearly all went through a kind of transformation and, in contrast to Joyce's outline, were strenghtened by John Houston in various respects.
Title:The Women in James Joyce's 'The Dead' and in John Huston's filmic adaptionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 21, 2011Publisher:GRIN PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from the dead James Joyce "The Dead" is the final story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce. The other stories in the collection are shorter, The Dead is long enough to be described as a novella. I don't want to spoil anything about the story by giving a plot synopsis (it is a fast read - 30 minutes, tops - and is available for free online); the resonance of the story, where Joyce finally spoke to me, occurs in the last 500 words. With a light touch, and a wonderful narrative twist, Joyce reminds the reader that we all live under the shadow of the dead. From the memory and legacy of our departed family to the meal we just ate, the ubiquity of death is what gives weight to life. Joyce uses a death in the story to bring clarity to one of the story's characters - and as readers we get to witness the unfurling of the blossom of knowledge, perhaps even some measure of wisdom, that occurs from grappling with The Dead.
Date published: 2018-04-25