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James Joyce

An Encounter

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1913

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Essay Topics


Joyce works hard to present a narrator who is true to his age. How do fear and courage act as motivating factors for the narrator throughout the story, and how does this line up with the motivations of children in general?


Dubliners is a collection of many stories featuring characters who walk through the city as they go about their day. Choose another story from the book and discuss the ways in which the narrator’s Dublin is similar and different to the Dublin found in that story.


Vernacular features prominently in all of Joyce’s works. Discuss how the inclusion of terms like miching, skit, and josser added or detracted from the story while you were reading.