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Language and the Social Background

--Paralysis and Simony in ÐŽoThe SistersÐŽ±

These statements:

Joycean ambiguity language is a reflection of the circumstance of the day.


ўс. Paralysis is the firs of the three key words in The Sisters, which describes the moral and physical condition of both the Dublin city and its citizens of the time.

A. Paralysis literally means the reason of Father FlynnЎЇs death in the story of The Sisters.

a. In the first paragraph, boyЎЇs monologue gives the hint of is paralysis causes the death of the formal clergyman.

b. The dialogue between boyЎЇs uncle and Old Cotter proves that father Flynn died of paralysis.

B. The high conservative political pressure is the origin of the term paralysis appears in The Sisters.

a. Some of the political cases in JoyceЎЇ time leave him the paralysis impression of the Dubliners.

b. The behaviors of people in the story of The Sisters represent the temporal spiritual state of Dubliners.

ўт. The term simony, points to the corruption in high places and illegitimate ecclesiastical authority as the primary obstacles to peopleЎЇs fulfillment.

A. In the text, simony lacks a direct interpretation.

B. In the text, it is very possible that this sin is charge of the accident, which leads to the death of the unfortunate clergyman.

C. Catholic Church takes part in the dirty political events is the social reason for Joyce uses the simony in the story.

a. The conservative character Irish Church acts in the case of Charles Stewart Parnell can interprets the ambiguous use of simony.

b. The adults in the story frame an atmosphere of authority, which block back the development of peopleЎЇs mind.

Conclusion: In the series of Dubliners, Joyce writes with great considerable fear a political indictment of his city using a hidden rhetoric of absence.


ManЎЇs words is origin form his social background, which is also a reflection of it. James (Augustine Aloysius) Joyce is one of the world famed Irish writers in the 20th century. Audiences can see this relation between language and society in his works. Receives education from Jesuits schools in the early years, with the Catholic Church being a strongly conservative force upon Irish politics and daily life at those days, Joycean words is ambiguous and with some Christianity colour. Though James Joyce gives up his Christian religion in his latter years, in his mind, he never leaves the Catholic Church and is very proud of the Jesuit character of his education. In that case, it is not surprise to find his works are full of religious terms. Joyce uses seemingly contradictory strategy of producing both ambiguous texts and the key words to interpret them, like the three key words in The Sisters. Among them, paralysis, as the theme of the whole book has largely discussed, and the following simony, which is a typical religious term not only bring the social environment of the day into prominence but also emphasis the core status of paralysis.

Key Words: ambiguous, social-background, paralysis, simony.


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