Structure

The short story “The Boarding House” by James Joyce is structured around a single main event, the prospective marriage of the daughter of a boarding house owner with one of the tenants. As the author is more concerned with rendering different perspectives on marriage as a social convention, less attention is given to the traditional elements of the plot. The plot initially develops in a classical way, having and exposition and a rising action. However, the story has no explicit climax or falling action, but only an open, yet predictable resolution.

Title

The title of the short story pinpoints the setting of the events, a boarding house. As the story is part of the “Dubliners” collection readers will also assume, correctly, that the events take place in Dublin. However, the title does not reveal anything about the actual plot or the characters. After reading the story, we realise that the events happen in a boarding house owned by a wom...

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