The religious symbolisms in The Sisters, by James Joyce.

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According to Joyce himself, his intention was to "write a chapter of the moral history of [his] country and [he] chose Dublin for the scene because the city seemed to [b]e the center of paralysis". True to his goal, each of the fifteen stories composing Dubliners are tales of disappointment, darkness, captivity, frustration, and flaw. We will concentrate on the first novel of this collection : The Sisters, studying religious imageries and symbolisms, examining Father …

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…the priest is dead, he is worried that Father Flynn will haunt him : "In the dark of my room I imagined that I saw again the heavy grey face of the paralytic. I drew the blankets over my head and tried to think of Christmas". The boy's captivity is just an example to illustrate the control the church had over the opinions and thoughts of people at this time. Religion is used as a prison.