Ireland’s voice will always be very much alive, for Joyce’s genius is a testament to the Irish spirit.  All of his characters posses a resilient spirit as strong as the Irish people.  Many of Joyce’s works are filled with maps of towns of Ireland, which his characters regularly frequent. Joyce certainly hears Ireland’s voice, for his novels show that he was proud to be Irish.

You really have to listen carefully if you want to hear Ireland’s voice through Joyce’s characters since they are complex.  Even though they are ordinary people, they still must deal with the perplexities of life as they try to solve their problems.

Joyce’s Dubliners certainly describes almost every human emotion and predicament that most of us have faced at some point in our lives.  In Grace, Father Purdon preaches to the masses in his attempt to make his followers more faithful and ask God for forgiveness of their sins.  The story, A Painful Case, focuses on Mr. James Duffy and his anti-social nature. Duffy finally acknowledges his loneliness and wishes that he would have been more social.  Little Chandler simply regrets having married too soon in the story, A Little Cloud.  Every single short story in Dubliners is relatable, for Joyce was a writer ahead of his time.

Joyce dissects the human temperament like a a scientist experimenting in a laboratory.  Always a brilliant student, Joyce even went to medical school for a short time.  The time he spent in medical school helped him become an analytical and realistic writer.

In his mind-boggling novel, A Portriat of the Artist as a Young Man, he shows the changes that take place in human thought through his main character, Stephen Dedalus.  Once a complacent student, Dedalus begins questioning his roles in society regarding politics, religion as well as philosophy about life.  In his quest to find the truth, Dedalus becomes the artist with an ever changing canvas of the world.

Many scholars believe that Joyce was portraying himself through the fictional character of Stephen Dedalus.  By creating characters that help us learn about the meaning of human existence, Joyce rightfully earned his place as one of the most important writers of the 20th century.

James Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1994) was born in Dublin, and his birthplace inspired his works.  As the eldest of 10 surviving siblings, Joyce certainly got motivation to create his characters growing up in such a big household.  Ever since he was young, Joyce already showed talent as a writer. At the age of nine, Joyce wrote a poem on the death of Charles Stewart Parnell.

When you read Joyce’s works, you will see that some of his passages have poetic elements.  If you read his works aloud, you will notice that his writing really does sound like music.  Joyce had a knack for putting words together portraying the beauty of the English language.  Joyce probably got the talent of making his writing melodious because he was an accomished tenor who won the bronze medal in the 1904 Feis Ceoil.

If you have ever read any of Joyce’s works, you know that you will not forget their profound meaning.  All aspiring writers should read the works of James Joyce to learn writing techniques and to get inspiration to create viable characters.

During Irish Heritage Month, we should honor Joyce, for his works define Irish culture that the world can embrace.  Ireland’s voice is heard through Joyce’s work, The Dead, one of the most mysterious and powerful stories of Dubliners.

The secret that Gretta kept from her husband is finally revealed in Joyce’s story, The Dead.  Gabriel, Gretta’s husband, questions their entire relationship and marriage after learning her secret.  Gabriel reaches the epiphany that the past has an effect on the present and the future.  Now he feels like he was a stranger to his wife. 

While Gabriel did not know his wife as well as he thought, Joyce certainly knew all of us well.  Since Joyce created characters that can define every single one of us;  therefore, Ireland’s voice will be heard for posterity.