S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) English Language and Literature (영어영문학과) 영학논집(English Studies) 영학논집(English Studies) No.04 (1980)
Three Notes on Joyce
- Hwang, Tonggyu
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
- 영학논집, Vol.4, pp. 39-56
- There are two radically different ways of reading “The Dead", one
as the coda of a novel called Dubliηers and the other as an independent
short story. Either way, “T he Dead" culminates in the protagonist’s
timeless moment of vision. The meaning of the vision represented by
one camp, however, sharply differs from that represented by the other.
The coda camp tends to interpret the final snow vision as Gabriel's
self-identification with the dead. The fourteen epiphanies of paralysis or
perversion which preceded Gabriel’smake it hard to interpret it otherwise.
Meanwhile the independent story camp asserts that the story is the story
of maturation and that the snow vision is a rebirth experience. “The
Dead" is a new inclusion to the already organized manuscript book of
1906, which may demand a new approach. Before we decide which
interpretaion is more relevant, or which reading is preferable, we
should follow the chain of events closely.
Gabriel, a self-complacent Dublin middle class intellectual, attends
the annual dance party of his old aunts. It is Christmas time, a time
of celebration of the birth. But the opening sentence:
Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet.
together with the succinct title strikes us with strong connotations of
death. Lily is the flower of funeral as well as purity, and the girl who
carries the name is run off her feet literally, not figuratively.