An Analysis Of Why Jimmy Doyle (of Dubliners by James Joyce) Will Never Succeed

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'An analysis of why Jimmy Doyle will never succeed in life due to his father'

In 'After The Race', by James Joyce in the book 'Dubliners', the main character,

Jimmy Doyle will be an unproductive citizen, fooling around with his friends and living

off of his father's money for the rest of his life. In this short story he demonstrated that

he doesn't realize the value of money, because he has never had to work for it, hence he is

too frivolous with it at times. Jimmy also likes to be with his friends and to not work

hard at what he does. Jimmy has no work ethic because his father had a lot of money, in

fact he is referred to as a 'merchant prince' in Dublin due to his success as a butcher, and

his father did not want Jimmy to work for what he has, but would rather see his son

become popular and make a lot of connections.

Jimmy's father is the reason he will

never succeed in life on his own.

Jimmy Doyle grew in a family that was quite well off financially due to the hard

work of his father. Mr. Doyle made a lot of money through hard work and sacrifice as

butcher, and he wanted nothing but the best for his son. He did not want his son to work

as hard as he did growing up. When Jimmy went away to college, he spent more time

socializing than he did studying. 'Jimmy did not study very earnestly and took to bad

courses for awhile. He had money and he was popular; ...'(p.25). Jimmy liked better to

be in the company of peers rather than study, and his father condoned it. When Jimmy

was not doing well at Dublin University, his father...