After the Race

by

James Joyce

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Jimmy Doyle’s father Character Analysis

Jimmy Doyle’s father is a wealthy Irish businessman who acquired his money by managing a chain of butcher shops that are now established across Dublin. Although he had been an Irish nationalist as a youth (an advocator for Irish Home Rule), the story makes clear that he “modified his views”—and implies that he sold out on his political beliefs‚ and on Irish self-determination, in order to achieve financial success. That success is also built on his choice to enter into police contracts, which practically speaking means he sells meat to the jails and barracks, but has the broader significance of meaning that he makes his money by working in concert with the English authorities who rule Ireland. With his money, he sent Jimmy to a college in England, followed by Dublin university and then a semester in Cambridge. Although he pretends to appear angry at his son’s sometimes frivolous expenses, he is actually proud of his son’s spending. He encourages his son’s connection with Charles Ségouin, as he believes there is lots of money to be made in the motoring business and he is proud of his son’s continental associations. Along with Jimmy, he represents the Irish upper class, and how it has abandoned the needs of Ireland in pursuing its own wealth, and yet is likely to suffer failure as it pursues opportunity and stature among the wealthier, more worldly continental Europeans.

Jimmy Doyle’s father Quotes in After the Race

The After the Race quotes below are all either spoken by Jimmy Doyle’s father or refer to Jimmy Doyle’s father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Ireland at the Beginning of the 20th Century Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of After the Race published in 1993.
After the Race Quotes

In Jimmy’s house this dinner had been pronounced an occasion. A certain pride mingled with his parents’ trepidation, a certain eagerness, also, to play fast and loose for the names of great foreign cities have at least this virtue.

Related Characters: Jimmy Doyle, Jimmy Doyle’s father
Page Number: 38
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Jimmy Doyle’s father Character Timeline in After the Race

The timeline below shows where the character Jimmy Doyle’s father appears in After the Race. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
After the Race
Ireland at the Beginning of the 20th Century Theme Icon
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
...Jimmy, is an innocent-eyed twenty-six year old who comes from a well-to-do Irish family. His father was once an Irish nationalist, but he “modified his views early” and became wealthy by... (full context)
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
...owns several big hotels in France is meaningful to Jimmy, too. Both Jimmy and his father agree that Ségouin is a person “worth knowing.” Villona, on the other hand, is poor,... (full context)
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
...money” into such an important venture. Jimmy is comforted knowing that it was his business-savvy father who first suggested this investment; his father is confident that there’s a lot of money... (full context)
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
...his opportunity to engage with these continentals. When dressed, Jimmy looks very handsome, and his father is proud that he has given his son such “qualities often unpurchaseable.” Jimmy’s father is... (full context)