Portafolios Electrónicos - Uniandes

Counterparts BY JAMES JOYCE by Juan David Barragán Méndez: DESCRIPTION OF HER


In one picture I would like to describe Farrington's wife:


In spite of not having any description of the wife of Farrington in the story more than she was at church when her husband arrived home, I could imagine Mrs. Farrington in different ways: 

Firstly, we can infer a woman who lived under certain social patterns of behavior of that period of time. Indeed, just by the fact when Farrington got back home, he asked if there was somebody who could serve him anything to eat so it implied that somebody did it frequently. 

Secondly, Farrington's wife can be thought as another common woman from that age who would have desired to escape from that reality from which she had been accostumed. Put it differently, the work of Joyce can be situated in a period of time in which women did not have equal rights as men. For instance, I imagine her doing domestic work such as cleaning, gardening or caring children at home while his husband was working at the company.

Thirdly, it also might be thought that she could suffer from depression because of the severe conditions which surrounded her life. Rejection, physical abuse from his beloved violent husband, or simply loneliness (passing all days in the house) could be the possible causes to make her fall into an addiction, in this case alcohol.