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Essay on "The Boarding Hous", by James Joyce: A well-orchestrated "human comedy"

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  1. A polyphonic narrative
    1. A feigned objective 'expository'
    2. A three voice play
    3. The reported speech
  2. ...In the service of a social satire
    1. A diatribe against social, financial and moral conventions
    2. ...that lead to the confinement
  3. From naturalism to symbolism
    1. A realistic narrative
    2. « Art is both surface and symbol » (Oscar Wilde)

"The Boarding House?: This article, will study the most interesting aspects of Joyce's narrative technique in this short story. Joyce's (1882-1941) short story ?The Boarding House' was published in ?the Dubliners', a collection of stories set in the ?paralyzed' town of Dublin. The tale, in which Polly Mooney, the housekeeper's daughter, is involved with one of the boarders, a clerk in his mid-thirties named Mr. Doran, belongs to the stories that deal about adolescence. The technical innovations -especially an extensive use of interior monologue- of Joyce, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses (1922), appear in ?The Boarding House'. The main interest of this short-story- the first story in Dubliners told from more than one perspective- lies in the apparently simple narrative technique. In the first instance, let us examine the polyphony of the narrative, or the way in which the narrator ironically juxtaposes the viewpoints of and about the protagonists through the streams of consciousness and the reported speech.

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