These Essays Are About The Stories "A Little Cloud" And "Boarding House" From James Joyce's "Dubliners".

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The Boarding HouseThe story begins with Mrs. Mooney's failed marriage. It is apparent that Mrs. Mooney was a strong willed woman and refused to deal with a husband that was an abusive drunk. The introduction tells us how Mrs. Mooney came to run a boarding house and how she managed her tenants. The fact that Mrs. Mooney's boarders referred to her as the Madame is quite revealing. The note in the book states that the term "Madame" was a respectful reference to Mrs. Mooney. This piece of information alludes to foreshadowing. Referring to Mrs. Mooney as Madame brings to mind the idea of her as a Madame in a brothel. I am sure that Mrs. Mooney knew that having her daughter in close living quarters with many single men would lead to her being able to marry Polly off. Mrs. Mooney choosing to run a boarding house worked on several levels for her. She could run a business and make money as well as have a good selection of men for her daughter.The fact that Mrs. Money was aware of the affair between Polly and Doran and said nothing suggest that she had a plan. She knew that if she waited the affair would eventually become a bargaining tool for her. Mrs. Mooney waited until the proper time to speak with Doran, and had thoughougly planned out how she would convince him that marrying her daughter was the moral thing to do.At this point the story turns to Doran and he begins to reveal his apprehension for what is about to occur. He plays out a scenario of what might happen to him at his job and how his friends would speak of him. Doran felt helpless and dreaded having to make this decision, which would shape the rest of his life. He spoke of Polly kindly but he knew that his family would not approve of her. He did not feel love for Polly but he succumbed to passion and knows that he must now pay the price.Polly's role in the story is of a helpless pawn. She is at the mercy of Doran's decision. Her fate is unfolding and she has no voice in what theoutcome will be. I found it interesting that Polly was so dramatic when speaking with Doran but as soon as he left a calm came over her. She obviously becomes lost in thoughts of what her new life would be like. She is no longer worried or distraught at the situation. It is apparent that she knows the outcome will be Doran asking for her hand in marriage.The story ends without the obvious proposal. Joyce has prepared the reader to determine the outcome of the story without actually needing to read about it. "At last she heard her mother calling. She started to her feet and ran to the banisters.-Polly! Polly!-Yes, mamma?-Come down, dear. Mr. Doran wants to speak with you.Then she remembered what she had been waiting for."Now it is quite clear through Polly's actions and the dialogue, that Mr. Doran will propose to her."A Little Cloud""A Little Cloud" is the story of a man that has tired of his life as aworking man and husband and has aspirations of being a poet. The storybegins with Little Chandler reminiscing about...

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