The Boarding House story by James Joyce
Mrs. Mooney is known as a daughter of a butcher and she was married to one of her father’s foreman. Mrs. Mooney’s husband became a drug addict and he become violent until he divorced with Mrs. Mooney. She opened her boarding room and begun making her living. She still lived with her son and one daughter named (Polly Joyce, pg 3). One day Polly get herself known to a man known as Mr. Doran while at nineteen years and everybody seemed to know what was happening. This happened because her mother wanted her to be engaged to a man. Days passed and finally Mrs. Mooney intervene her daughter to be married to Mr. Doran whereby Polly agreed upon. Mr. Doran was aged thirty fours when he dated Mrs. Mooney’s daughter. However, he was identified as a respectable man with great job presumably a Catholic wine-merchant business.
The thesis explores that the marriage of has pros and cons. This is because it offers promises together with loss. Certainly, the marriage of Mrs. Mooney’s daughter begun as a simple affair but ended up being a tactical game of obligation as well as reparation. Mrs. Mooney and Mr. Doran’s propositions as well as hesitation portrays that marriage regards social standards, the public perception and the formal sanctions (Fargnoli, pg 5). In matter of fact, the character of Mrs. Mooney illustrates the challenges which a single mother of the real daughter experiences. This aspect portrays the actual situation which Mrs. Mooney endured through marriage and separation. In a clear concise, Mooney prostituted her real daughter who went on being married to a 34 year old man who later on divorced her.
The theme of the story tends to convey powerless of Mr. Doran in the situation. The love is identified to have no consideration (Joyce, pg 7). This means that Mrs. Mooney seems to unbothered in matter of her daughter’s marriage whereby it is based on trickery. This is because Mrs. Mooney applies her manipulative tricks to Mr. Doran so as to weaken him. This is by the great concerns about his job and the fear for scandal.
In conclusion, the story results to marriage being based on manipulation and bullying. According to Polly, everything looked to be in its situation, nothing worsen her (Joyce, pg 3). This is because Polly contented herself with pleasant dreams of future through a state whereby security would be an issue. Polly had already realized that her mother would take care of her and she would not let Mr. Doran to escape. Lastly, a glimpse of Polly revealed a woman is but a sneaky as her mother.
Joyce, James. The Boarding House: Short Story. , 2014. Internet resource.
Fargnoli, A N, and Michael P. Gillespie. James Joyce a to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Print.