Ireland Today: What would James Joyce Think

James Joyce left Ireland as a young man, but his mind never left his homeland.  He viewed Irish culture with its Victorian mores as stifling to his growth as a creative artist.  Ireland was still part of the British Empire and the Church had profound influence on Irish society.  Joyce believed his artistic spirit was being crushed by the harsh environment of Ireland’s strident Victorian culture. He escaped to Europe attracted by the cosmopolitan society and freedom offered by the continent.

                His novels revealed a longing for the Irish be free of British rule and undue Church influence.  He longed for an Ireland that was outward looking with modern sensibilities. Ireland today is very different than the Ireland of Joyce’s milieu. Today’s Ireland is a modern vibrant society. Ireland is a young dynamic society with a highly globalized economic system. Walking around Dublin today reveals a multicultural society that is tolerant, but still distinctly Irish.

                 If James Joyce were alive today he would certainly visit Ireland and experience this new nation with ancient roots that are revered and honored, which looks to the future with all the optimism and energy of its resourceful people. He would be enchanted by Ireland’s open society that is integrated with European society to produce a society of abundant opportunities for its citizens. He would probably like it enough to want to move back.

              If James Joyce were alive today he would certainly visit Ireland and experience this new nation with ancient roots that are revered and honored, which looks to the future with all the optimism and energy of its resourceful people. He would be enchanted by Ireland’s open society with its plentiful opportunities. He would probably like it enough to want to move back.

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