Maria Elena Ballarini
dalla tesina “Chi è l’altro” – Esame di Stato – 2002
Letteratura inglese: l’altro e l’ephiphany (James Joyce)
She was fast asleep. Gabriel, leaning on his elbow looked for a few moments unresentfully on her tangled hair and half-open mouth, listening to her deep-drawn breath. So she had had that romance in her life: a man had died for her sake. It hardly pained him now to think how poor part he, her husband, had played in her life.
James Joyce, in The dead
Gabriel by his ideas, his tastes and his sensitivities has been isolated from others but always found solace in his self-esteem. Michael Furey has destroyed this. Michael was first in Gretta’s love and Gretta is incapable of perceiving the importance that this has for Gabriel. She is now asleep. Gabriel is alone in the absolute sense of psychological isolation. Gretta recalling Michael has caused Gabriel to realise that he and the guests of the party are deader than Michael Furey. His sel destroyed, his identity gone, he becomes one with all the living and the dead.