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on March 26, 2001
Like in a gloomy church filled with a misty and humid atmosphere, you quietly look for heavenly light to lead your path. As you search for the light switch, feelings of uneasiness and discomfort fill your heart. With fear in every joint of your body, you nervously feel the whole universe will collapse in just a few moments. While feeling your way through the squeezing darkness, the ground starts to tremble from underneath your undecided feet. Earthquake! Yelling and screaming for your life, no one is around. As the shaky church tumbles to the ground, you hope to hold on anything with foundation to save you from going down. Lying six feet in the ground, your only hope is Superman. You continue to struggle with hope of one day finding that light switch. This little story is the feeling I got while reading The Dubliners. The tonality of the book was very depressing throughout. Joyce does a splendid job of letting the reader know the Dubliners and their way of life. Alcohol was excellent in portraying the tranquility of the people and their suppressed lives. Joyce also used a variety of experiences to clearly display the negative tone and outlook on life by the Dubliners. As to the hope of one day finding that light switch, Joyce always gives hope to the reader with his beautiful usage of the English language. And I am not afraid of saying beautiful in describing Joyce's artistic usage of words. For me, he literally paints in the mind a picture of his stories. Joyce's masterpiece of words was the light, hope, and Superman of The Dubliners. The flowery descriptions are what kept me reading. All in all, I thought the book was a fine piece of work that teaches great lessons on real life. I lived in the Philippines for two years and the attitude of life was almost the same as the Dubliners. Alcohol and suppression were hindrances to progression. But living with Filipinos for two years, you learn a lot about trials and tribulations. It is very humbling to be a witness of a heavy-laden people with such great potential. At the same time, the Filipinos' or Dubliners' example helped me realize the great blessings of living in a free country like America. Freedom is sometimes taken for granted. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not always taken advantage of. As we read of the good, the bad, and the ugly, let us be wise and learn from the bad, take in all the good, and change the ugly to mugly. We will be happier as we pursue our potential in a place where we can. We should all be so thankful.