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Paralytic People: Paralysis in James Joyce’s “A Little Cloud”

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Tourists visiting New York City have one major complaint: the rudeness of everyone in the city. The tourists are not entirely to blame, though. The skyscrapers, steam rising from the streets, and the immense amount of concrete would make any non-New Yorker uncomfortable. Observers of New Yorkers would say that they are the city, and that their coldness reflects the icy winters and blank concrete. In 1914 the Irish modernist James Joyce published a collection of short stories that examines the city of Dublin entitled Dubliners. In Dubliners, Joyce's characters represent the city, each cementing an overall composite citizen and exposing idiosyncrasies simultaneously. The best portrait of Dublin in the collection is ?A Little Cloud.? In the story, Joyce examines Dublin as an inferior city through the personifications of Little Chandler as Dublin and Gallaher as London, whereby Dublin is a metaphorical bully that inhibits Dubliners from progression and Gallaher is a symbol of progression. Little Chandler's epiphany at the end is also Dublin's; showing the reader the true nature of the city and its people.

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