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Counterparts BY JAMES JOYCE by Juan David Barragán Méndez: MY DISPLEASURE TOWARDS FARRINGTON

MY DISPLEASURE TOWARDS FARRINGTON

In support with the video I would like to portray to what degree I sympathize with Farrington.

 

Despite the fact Joyce illustrates Farrington such an unhappy and dissatisfied person with his routinary life, it is intriguing to identify the factors which make him feel that way and specially defeated through the short story. Thus, it is my intention to focus on two main factors which portray why I would not sympathize with Farrington at all. They are: The irresponsibility in job journeys and his awful treatment towards his little child. 

It is my belief that the major cause which pushes him to failure is his addiction to alcohol. As I mentioned in other columns, it can be perceived how typical is to see Irish people drinking "desperately" in streets or pubs at every moment. The story does not tell us in which moment he fell into addiction, although it is regarded how frequent he drinks, not to say excessively. As a matter of fact, while he is updating some papers, which need to be dropped off soon to his boss Mr. Alleyne, he cannot concentrate himself by thinking he wishes a beer immediately so he then is forced to leave behind what he is doing (working) and go grab one.  To me, I do not conceive his act of irresponsibility in work. Although it is understandable he cannot control himself from drinking, his ingrained costume has put him out of limits. As an example, he has been scolded for not being up to date in copying.