For my final paper, I will analyze portrayals of nationalism within the works “Easter, 1916” by William Butler Yeats and James Joyce’s short story “The Dead.” By looking closely at the discussions about Irish nationalism and separation from British rule depicted within these works, it becomes possible to derive what it meant to be a nationalist during the time period of Yeats and Joyce. It may also provide deep insight into the reasons that nationalistic ideals received backing, and whether or not this was perceived as positive or negative. The idea that passion sparks nationalism and sacrifice is prevalent within both of these works. It is an idea that I plan on establishing through close reading of the texts, and supplementing with research from scholarly sources. Through close reading and thorough research, I hope to create a well-rounded paper that delves into the nationalistic perspectives of the two writers, and how these views are contextualized within their works’ historical setting.