Saturday, February 23, 2019
Compare and Cotrast the Characters of Gabriel Conroy and Michael Furey in “The Dead.”
Michal Furey love Gretta so much that he, a (probably) tubercular worker in a potentially carcinogenic workplace (the gasworks) risked his already fragile health to commence stand in her back garden in a parky rain. He is so desperate to see Gretta before she leaves that he says he did not want to live. Gretta believes that he died for her, and it may well be the case. at that place is no mention of whether or not he wore galoshes, further if he did it didnt save him. He died a week after that last metre he saw Gretta.Gabriel, however, is fond of the newfangled galoshes, and he is careful intimately his and his wifes health. Unlike Michael Furey, Gabriel seems to relish being alive. He is in love with his wife, but he besides does not seem to harbor romantic notions near her. He did not like to say even to himself that her smell was no longer beautiful but he knew that it was no longer the face for which Michael Furey had braved death. Its hard to imagine Gabriel Conroy b raving death for anyone, and certainly not for romantic love.He seems likewise self-satisfied for that, but he also has, as many complacent and contented people see, an element of self-loathing A shameful consciousness of his let person assailed him. He saw himself as a ludicrous figure, playacting as a pennyboy for his aunts, a nervous wellmeaning sentimentalist, orating to vulgarians and idealising his own clownish lusts, the pathetic fatuous fellow he had caught a glimpse of in the mirror. It is difficult, in this last respect, to compare Michael Furey and Gabriel Conroy.Michael Furey died as a teenager, in all the ire of ill-health coupled with immaturity and intense romanticism. Gabriel is a grown man, a teacher, a father and husband, with all the cares, maturity, satisfactions, and even dashed illusions that that billet conveys. Michael, the passionate buff of Gretta who sang, with a beautiful voice, the maudlin tune of The Lass of Aughrim had none of Gabriels bearin g of solid and, perhaps, stolid respectability and responsibility. Such circumstances change personalities.But, it is suggested by Joyces text, Michael and Gabriel shared little except their love for Gretta. Michael is headlong, talented, in ill-health, but also careless of life. Gabriel is, by comparison, careful, steady, respectable, and bent on the enjoyment of his possessions (especially Gretta) and his raised status compared to many people around him. They seem to be of very several(predicate) dipositions, and, at the end of the story, Gabriel and the reader are left to think whether Gretta would have been happier with Michael Furey, had he lived.