Thearticle TheGnomonic Clue to James Joyce`s Dublinerswas written by Gerhard Friedrich. This article presents an analysisof short stories written by Joyce. In particular, the articleprovides analysis of the source of gnomons in the works of Joyce. Oneof the stories analyzed in the article is the Dubliners,whichemerges as the source for the use of gnomons. The article indicatesthat the author of Dublinershad stated the purpose of this short story was to write a chapterconcerning the moral history of his country and he chose Dublin forthe scene since the city seemed to him as the center of paralysis(Gerhard 421). The article indicates that the use of the term“paralysis” by Joyce seemed to be stressed, and it interested theauthor, which made him use the term in other works. The article isfast to note that for better or for worse linguistically, Joyceseems to have supplied a trace to his intriguing concatenation ofterms by indicating that the term paralysis sounded like the termgnomon in the Euclid and the term simony in the Catechism (Gerhard422).
Also,the article indicates that it can be concluded that Joyce concernedhimself in “The Sisters” with the issue of gnomonic existence,insofar as he opted to present slanted and incomplete areas of humanrelationships, having defects due to some weaknesses and loss. Forinstance, there was the gnomon of two spinster sisters and their“poor James.” Also, the failings, as well as fallings of men,their inability to communicate, their dislocations and theirbelonging, make the different cases in the Dubliners that presentgnomons. Furthermore, the article provides that the outstandingassociation of the Euclidean gnomon with “paralysis” at the onsetof Dublinersis the source of revelation for the whole collection and Joyce’sstories (Gerhard 424).
Fromthe article, it is apparent that Joyce had the desire of bringingdifferent themes and motifs in the society as they seemed. This is acritical aspect for an author because it can be seen as a mirrorthrough which people can reflect what is going on in the society.Sometimes, people may be too busy to notice the things that are goingon in the society however, through authors bringing different themesin the form of stories, it is possible for people to know what isgoing on around them.
Inthe article, it has been indicated that the purpose for Joycestarting to write Dublinerswasbecause he wanted to write a chapter concerning the moral history ofhis country and he chose Dublin for the scene since the city seemedto him as the center of paralysis (Gerhard 421). I see this as animportant issue that Joyce wanted to deal with as the article pointsout its significance. I see it as being important because throughwriting on this theme it was possible for the author to bring to thepeople the view of the society during the time. Through the eye ofthe author, it was important to choose a city, where he could basehis arguments of morality on this could bring out the issue even tocommon people since individuals understand things better when thereare examples used to represent the real situation. This has been thecase of the author in his other works such as “The Dead” and“Araby.” For instance, in “Araby,” he uses the example of theblind to tell his story “the blind was pulled down to within aninch of the sash so that I could not be seen (Joyce 1).” Alternatively, in “The Dead,” Joyce uses the example of differentcharacters in expressing ideas. For example, through Gabriel, theauthor expresses the idea that “ a new generation is growing up……ageneration actuated by new ideas and new principles (Joyce 13)”.
Thearticle TheGnomonic Clue to James Joyce`s Dublinerspresents an analysis of short stories written by Joyce. Inparticular, the article provides analysis of the source of gnomons inthe works of Joyce. The article provides that the outstandingassociation of the Euclidean gnomon with “paralysis” at the onsetof Dublinersis the source of revelation for the whole collection and Joyce’sstories. Through the article, it is apparent that Joyce uses examplesin writing and expressing ideas and themes in society.
Gerhard,Friedrich. The Gnomonic Clue to James Joyce`s Dubliners. ModernLanguage Notes,Vol. 72, No. 6 (Jun., 1957), pp. 421-424.