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  1. Feb 2021
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    1. for in my heart I had always despised him a little

      Mahony can be understood as a representation of the narrator's innocence. The narrator is overly eager to grow into adulthood and leave his immaturity behind, but is forced to face the reality that he is not ready upon meeting the strange man. Upon making this realization, he welcomes the return of innocence and regrets that he despised him so.

    2. mimic warfare of the evening became at last as wearisome to me as the routine of school in the morning because I wanted real adventures to happen to myself

      The loss of innocence and imagination of youth is symbolized here as playing "mimic warfare" becomes "as wearisome" as the "routine of school". Joyce suggests that we become desensitized to stimulation as we grow older by juxtaposing "warfare of the evening" to "school in the morning". The "morning" may be interpreted as early life, while the "evening" stands as a symbol for adulthood. Furthermore, Joyce argues that the reason for this disillusionment stems from the lack of satisfaction and the desire for "adventures to happen".

  5. Oct 2020
    1. the vulgar act of paying for the tea

      This line seems to speak to a consistent theme in the novel - that everything seems to be mortifying to the daughter. I feel like this is pretty common in the way that we discuss adolescence now - a key element of teen angst is coming to terms with the fact that it's kind of embarrassing to exist and be perceived. But I think that at the time this short story was written, before YA literature was really a thing, this would have been a pretty groundbreaking portrayal of adolescence.

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    1. when I see a youth thus engaged,—the study appears to me to be in character, and becoming a man of liberal education, and him who neglects philosophy I regard as an inferior man, who will never aspire to anything great or noble. But if I see him continuing the study in later life, and not leaving off, I should like to beat him, Socrates; for, as I was saying, such a one, even though he have good natural parts, becomes effeminate.

      Studying philosophy should be done in adolescence, and should not be carried on by adults.