James Joyce’s Counterparts
A look at this classic story from the book “Dubliners,” and how it depicts the plight of the Irish “Everyman”.
“Counterparts is a short story by James Joyce set in working-class, twentieth century Ireland, as seen through the eyes of a rather pathetic protagonist who goes by the name of Farrington. Farrington appears to be the epitome of a twentieth century, middle-aged, working-class male, or at least an exaggerated version of such. He represents, for us “everyman”, and his passive, pathetic journey through the trials and tribulations of everyday life. ”