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by James Joyce

Dubliners Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #1

Could he not escape from his little house? Was it too late for him to try to live bravely like Gallaher? Could he go to London? (A Little Cloud.109)

Little Chandler asks as many questions as Shmoop does. Check out how desperate that tone is. All those quick queries right in a row give us the sense that Little Chandler's having a little freak out.

Quote #2

He longed to ascend through the roof and fly away to another country where he would never again hear of his trouble, and yet a force pushed him downstairs step by step. (The Boarding House.22).

Sometimes we're most childlike during the most adult situations. Really, you want to fly away, Bob? Real mature. Way to own up to your own deeds.

Quote #3

But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad. (An Encounter.8)

In Dublin, the push for freedom starts really, really young. The narrator of "An Encounter" wants desperately to find himself in a bona fide gunfight in the bona fide wild west. But instead he ends up almost trapped by a would-be pervert. Yeah, that's proof that dreams don't always come true if we've ever seen it.

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