I need some assistance with these assignment. masculine aggression by the prevailing circumstances in dublin Thank you in advance for the help! It is noteworthy that Joyce’s perception of the father-child relationship starts to form early in the story when the narrator talks about Doyle’s father who is described as an advanced nationalist who had an immense influence on his children’s upkeep. This is plausible in the fact that the father had managed to send Doyle to a school in a big Catholic college in England, and later to Dublin University to pursue a degree in Law. Despite failing badly in academics, Jimmy had also been sent to Cambridge to get a state of life there. The narrator makes the illusion that, even though the father was quite remorse, he was also caring for his children’s future, and the need to give them a precise foundation from which they could face their future. In the course of this relationship, children such as Jimmy have learned to respect their father’s decisions, which they deem unquestionable. For instance, Jimmy is keen to ensure that his business venture with Seguin, which has been funded by his father, becomes a big success.
In “A Little Cloud”, the narrator portrays the picture of a flawed father who has just begun to learn what the heart is and what it actually feels. Through Chandler’s relationship with his son, the audience gets the picture of a father with an awakened conscience, regardless of his flaws. Towards the end of the story, it is noteworthy how the father’s weak conscience comes into play when the father becomes helpless in soothing the crying baby. Instead, the narrator states that Chandler only manages to yell “Stop!” in the child’s face (Joyce 84). The baby becomes terrified and bursts into screams. The narrator remarks that even as the father tried to soothe the baby, it “sobbed more convulsively” (Joyce 84). It is only after the mother returns and soothes that baby that the child actually stops sobbing. This demonstrates that the father has become a frustrated and belittled man who has no positive influence or significant control over any aspect of the child.
In the second scene of the story, asserting a direct link between Little Tommy Chandler and the narrator as father and husband would appear unfounded.