Sophie Starmack Sophia has taught college French and composition. This collection of 15 short stories is important for several reasons.
Jimmy was educated at a Catholic preparatory school in England, then Trinity College in Dublin, and finally at Cambridge University though he was never a serious student. Afterward, accompanied by an American FarleyJimmy, the French racing team, and the Englishman take a train to nearby Kingstown.
There they board the American's yacht. Aboard the yacht they dance, eat, drink, and play cards, at which Jimmy loses a great deal of money. Analysis Unlike most of the other stories in Dubliners, "After the Race" is not highly regarded by most critics, who believe that Joyce was describing here a social class the very wealthy about which he knew very little.
Still, it is consistent with the other stories in the collection with regard to both theme and symbolism. Jimmy illustrates the theme of paralysis by not progressing in any real way. Jimmy's parents have used the money earned by his father in the butcher trade to send him to a series of highly regarded schools, and yet Jimmy seems to have learned very little as a result of his lavish education.
Sure, he has made friends like Charles Segouin, the owner of the racing car and a proprietor-to-be of an automobile dealership in Parisbut those friends are not necessarily loyal to Jimmy. From the opening scene, in which Jimmy cannot hear the driver and his cousin in the front seat over the Hungarian Villona's humming and the noise of the car itself, the reader has a sense of Jimmy's half-baked membership in the group.
In fact, the team probably tolerates Jimmy strictly because of the money his father's that he has promised to invest in Segouin's company. A racing car goes nowhere, of course, and though Jimmy boards a yacht near the story's conclusion, the boat remains at anchor — paralyzed.
He feels as though he is accomplishing much on the night after the race, but like Dublin itself, which "wore the mask of a capital" though not really a capital, Jimmy's accomplishments are an illusion.
In fact, he is worse off at the end of "After the Race" than he was at the beginning, having lost all his money at cards. Because it was this money that made him acceptable to the team in the first place, his flirtation with Continental glamour is probably near its end. The French driver has "a line of shining white teeth" in contrast to the yellow or brown teeth seen on Irish characters to date yellow and brown being Joyce's colors of decay and paralysis.
As in earlier stories, Joyce blames the English for Irish paralysis when he can.
Glossary their friends, the French the Irish identified with the French, traditionally rivals of the English, if not their enemies.In After the Race by James Joyce we have the theme of money, status, class, politics and paralysis.
Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unknown narrator and very early on in the story Joyce appears to be exploring the theme of paralysis. Dubliners study guide contains a biography of James Joyce, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Dubliners study guide contains a biography of James Joyce, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Free summary and analysis of After the Race in James Joyce's Dubliners that won't make you snore.
Video: James Joyce's Dubliners: Summary & Analysis In this lesson we'll take a look at James Joyce's collection of short stories, Dubliners. We'll go over the central themes, images, and importance of the text.
James Joyce himself wrote, "I call the series Dubliners to betray the soul of that paralysis which many consider a city." Joyce believed passionately that Irish society and culture had been frozen in place for centuries by two forces: the Roman Catholic Church and England.