Brooklyn and The Translator Essay

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In the novels Brooklyn and The Translator we see the theme of the home prevalent in many different forms. The idea of home, leaving home, and returning home is a very proficient focus point for the paper. In addition, the concept of home means something very different to each character and how issues such as immigration/emigration, exile, and going back home play out in the narrative. From a rainy Ireland to a bustling New York City, or perhaps from the Western part of Sudan to Chad; the people demonstrate the idea of nationalism and a purpose of being. The idea of having a place to call your own, symbolizes the American Dream, and the desire of many people in the world. As depicted in Brooklyn, the theme of home is embodied very …show more content…
Another instance of this is when she went into her new room in Brooklyn, a standard lamp in the corner and a lamp by a bedside table were already lit, and these, with the low ceiling and the dark velvet curtains and the richly patterned bedspread and the rugs on the floor, made the room seem luxurious, like something from a painting or an old photograph(102). The expound way in which Toibin illustrates Eilis new bedroom, shows the symbolic nature it represents, and the meaning Toibin wanted to give it. The vivid imagery in his writing demonstrates his knowledge of Ireland, and his ability to imagine what Brooklyn was like 50 years ago, despite never setting foot in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, it seems that the home has a rather profound importance to him. The way he describes Eilis’ home, makes it evident that he enjoys having his own space that he can call his own, and he can goes to extra lengths to do so. I like men The issue of immigrating and emigrating plays a major role in this story, from the beginning of the story when Eilis left Ireland, and when she went back to Ireland. It’s rather noteworthy, that her mood changes suddenly when experiences a different country, and there is a direct correlation to the dramatic structure. When talking to Rose, Eilis sounded horrified

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