James Joyce

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The story uses the word “blind” to draw attention to the narrator’s naiveté and isolation. He begins by describing the dead-end street where the narrator lives as “blind,” with the narrator’s house being a…

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Light and Darkness

The story uses a great deal of light and darkness in its descriptions. The story begins in the dark, with the “short days of winter” where the boys played in the “dark muddy lanes behind…

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The color brown is used repeatedly to symbolize the dullness of everyday Dublin. The houses are brown, and even Mangan’s sister is described as a “brown-clad figure,” perhaps indicating that it was common to dress…

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