James Joyce was an Irish writer. In his early years his family was drowned in poverty, reason why he moved from Rathgar in Dublin , where he was born, to Bray. His first aspiration was to be a Doctor, even though he attended, in 1898, Dublin University College where he studied French , English and Italian until 1902. The artist task flourished, writing poems and prose. During many years he moved from Italy to Zurich, where he finally dies.
T his Dubliner, extravagant by heritance and alcoholic by choice but equally a polished author knew how to capture a whole experience of life in few lines. In his Dubliners, a short story collection, the Dubliner condenses the whole Irish culture and feelings. He evokes real and very human situations, he details the setting where the story takes place in order to make it realistic and emotive, and his main objective is to hold the whole nature of an experience. With him, 20 the century encounters a story teller par excellence , he condenses ecstasy, despair, desire and ambition with great intensity and he shows his expertise and creativity when narrating, his words seem to be coming out of his brain right forward the paper and so it shines his
In which once again he narrates with master ability an everyday situation in which a man described as heavy, dark and dirty is sick of his daily routine, especially of his job in which he has to copy legal documents by hand. Tired of the tedium of work, he only thinks about going out to drink some beers with his friends. Throughout the story this man, who could be any man on the street, in an office, sees everything as an obstacle to his comfort, what increases his anger to the point of brutal abuse toward his son who prays his father to stop.
Title: Why “ Counterparts“ ? Counterparts by definition are duplications. He duplicates documents as part of his job. But documents is not the only thing he duplicates. His life seems to be a replication of the day before, and the day before a replication of the previous one and these counterparts is what precisely enrages him.
Main character: Farrington is described as a heavy dark man who throughout the whole story never stops to think about his actions and his thoughts and why he feels so angry. This could be explained by the fact he is accustomed to duplication instead of thinking. The combination of this lack of reflection about his own actions, the humiliation and frustration and the effects of alcohol is what takes this man to brutal abuse towards his own son.
Main facts : in order to get a better comprehension about what the story presents, here there is a video which shows the main facts of this extraordinary story…