Dubliners: Mature Life
â€śA Little Cloudâ€?
- How would you describe the structure of "A Little Cloud"? How is it put together? What are the larger and smaller chunks, and how do they work? For instance, how many scenes? How many major characters? Are they similar or different (or both)?
- What are the difficulties of creating a character who doesnâ€™t know (or barely knows) whatâ€™s going on around her? How does Joyce try to ensure that you wonâ€™t just see the world in the rose-colored-glassees-ified way Maria does? To what extent does it work? What are the pitfalls of trying something like this?
â€śA Painful Caseâ€?
- How is Duffyâ€™s portrait constructed? In what ways do we learn about him? What is the effect of the long reaction scene at the end? Why does that have so much weight?