English IV -5
Freedom versus Entrapment
James Joyce's Dubliners was written in 1914 right at the onset of World War I breaking out in Europe. It is a journey through the stages of life itself: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, public life and finally death. Each one of the stories in the novel fall into one of these stages. "After the Race" falls into the adolescence aspect of the book. It does this because
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in the adolescence group. That is what adolescence is in a whole, childhood freedom versus adult entrapments. Joyce does a very good job in interconnecting these two ideas in the story. He structured characters around this that at first seemed strong and self-motivated, but soon the reader comes to find out that they are in fact weak. "After the Race" is the perfect way to depict human adolescence because it is very on target.