Themes and Techniques in James Joyce’s Clay

  • Ms. P. Sujeetha Lecturer in English TSWRDC Warangal, Telangana, India

Abstract

James Joyce, a prolific Irish writer of his age. ‘Clay’ from Dubliner is known for its varied themes and techniques. It renders captivating opportunities for the readers to present his/her own perception of symbolism to ‘Clay’. Joyce has displayed a double level of symbolism structure which he explicitly managed to handle paradoxical symbolic element simultaneously. The title ‘Clay’ itself has a symbolic meaning – in the human world it has less worth but this unworthy element has the capacity to mould to any given shape. Maria, the protagonist is a symbolic representation of Clay at one level and Mother Ireland at another level. Themes of poverty, triggered social relationships are shown through the technique of symbolism.

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References

Joyce , James. Dubliners. 1914:reprinted, London : Jonathan Cape,1956.
Sexton, Adam. CliffsNotes on Dubliners. 27 Dec 2019.
How to Cite
SUJEETHA, Ms. P.. Themes and Techniques in James Joyce’s Clay. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 7, jan. 2020. ISSN 2582-3574. Available at: <http://ijellh.support-foundation.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10329>. Date accessed: 06 july 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i1.10329.