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Escape Countered by Responsibility: A Comparative Analysis of the Two Topics in Dubliners James Joyce's Dubliners is a compilation of many short stories put together to communicate the problems in Ireland during this time. Many of his characters are looking for some sort of escape out of Dublin, which can be a reoccurring theme throughout the tales. From the story "Little Cloud," the main character, Small Chandler, feels that the need for both the escape out of Dublin and also from his everyday life. Gabriel, the main role in Joyce's final narrative of the publication, "The Dead," needs another type of escape than Little Chandler. He desires to escape with his aunts' party, and also occasionally, Dublin society. Even though the tales are very different, and the theme of escape is voiced diversely, the need for both Small Chandler at "Little Cloud" and Gabriel in "The Dead" to get away from particular facets in their lives is counteracted by the characters' sense of responsibility they feel to themselves and to those around them. In "Little Cloud," Little Chandler contrasts himself with an old friend of his that's proceeded into London, and this also triggers Chandler's need to escape from his simple and ordinary existence in Dublin. Gallaher had moved away from "filthy" Dublin, as he called it, moved into London, and has been a journalist for a paper. He traveled all around Europe; while Little Chandler had stayed in Dublin, worked stably in a desk job for a clerk, and had been married with a boy. Little Chandler isn't especially satisfied with his rather mundane life, and when he considered it "he became sada tender melancholy took possession of him;" however, he "felt how useless it was to struggle against fortune" (66). L.. .