Epiphany in Joyce's Dubliners James Joyce was a master of the literary revelation, which he called epiphany. The Sisters, Evelyn, and Clay, three of the stories included in Joyce's collection of short stories, Dubliners, all contain clear and poignant moments of epiphany for his characters that also result in revelations of understanding for the reader. In each one, the epiphany occurs near the end of the story when a character realizes something profound about himself or his situation. For the most part, these stories begin with relatively normal-sounding situations, and it is only through the character's final epiphany that the ultimate sadness of their circumstances is revealed. Joyce also varies his use of epiphany, using it to reveal...The end:
....., 9). Also as in the other stories, the epiphany in The Sisters reveals a connection between two events in the past – specifically the breaking of the chalice and Father Flynn's mental decline. Joyce's use of epiphany in Dubliners is profound and masterful. In each case he shows us with subtlety the revelations of his characters, without making them blatant or obvious. In each case he varies the temporal and character perspective of the epiphany. Joyce's use of the metaphors of light and dark, black and white, and sight and blindness further emphasize and symbolize these epiphanies, drawing the readers attention to them in a nuanced and artful way. Works Cited Joyce, James. Dubliners. Penn State Electronic Series. 2005. Web. 30 Oct. 2011.