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Questioning Information

Example 2: James Joyce's "The Dead"




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"The very length of the story, as well as its placement, is indicative of its importance to Joyce. In "The Dead," as well as in The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce demonstrated that he had mastered the technique of ironic distance. Simply put, "The Dead" represents the finest achievement of Joyce's early naturalistic fiction, offering an exquisitely structured sustained experiment in extended symbolism and effective irony."

[Source: James M. Welsh, "The Dead," In Masterplots 2, Vol. 2, p. 515. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1986. ]

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