Alcohol in Ivy Day
One problem I had while reading Ivy Day in the Committee Room was trying to figure out the role of alcohol. Over the course of the story obtaining and consuming alcohol becomes one of the most discussed topics. In fact, the politicians seem almost equally as concerned with alcohol as they are with politics. My only thought regarding Joyce’s decision to make alcohol such a great concern for the politicians was that by doing so Joyce demonstrates how these politicians are not as great as someone like Parnell. Furthermore, I feel that Mr. Hynes’ indifference towards alcohol at the end of the novel is a result of a realization upon hearing the Parnell poem of his own political inadequacies.