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Title: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • by James Joyce 1882 -1941

  • Stephen Dedalus name comes from the Greek myth
    of Dedalus and Icarus and St. Stephen, Christian
  • First memories are of language fathers story

  • Stages of emerging consciousness
  • Hearing story of the moocow
  • Sight fathers face
  • Taste lemon platt
  • Touch warm, cold bed
  • Smell oilsheet

  • Michael Davitt catholic, founded the Land
    League, tried to make Ireland socialist maroon
  • Charles Stuart Parnell protestant, Irish
    Nationalist leader green brush
  • Apologise guilt/repression example of
  • greaves in his number shinguards in his locker

  • Attention to words dog-in-the-blanket,
    belt, toe in the rump
  • Mother warm, nice, comforting, smells better
    than father
  • Father story-teller, code of conduct
  • P.4 thinking of Spelling Book as literature
    aesthetic distinction
  • Complete acceptance of church Father Arnall

  • Suck sycophant flatterer suck up physical
    sensations associated with thinking about words
    watch for this throughout
  • P. 5 York and Lancaster English, not Irish
  • Yellow, red, green roses artists daydreams
    aesthetic beauty
  • Awareness of social distinctions friends
    fathers jobs

  • Pp. 6,7 Do you kiss your mother? early
    childhood confused ideas of sexuality
  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga patron saint of James
    Aloysius Joyce- too pure even to kiss his mother

  • Sees self as center of Ptolemaic universe
  • P. 7 aesthetic judgment of poetry
  • P. 10 Goes to bed cold, shivers thoughts are
    of scary things bed warms, so do his thoughts
  • Major events going to school, taking ill, going
    home for the holidays, death of Parnell, breaking
    of his glasses

  • P. 14 - aesthetic beauty of words physical
    response to poetry
  • Illness chance to read in the infirmary
  • Interest in words again riddles
  • First thoughts of his familys poverty

  • Christmas dinner
  • Father identifies himself as Irish catholic
  • Parnell wanted an Ireland where religion didnt
    matter like USA
  • Politics, religion adult conversation
  • Mr. Casey making a birthday present for Queen
    Victoria hed been in prison
  • Dante firm believer in the power of religious

  • popes nose rump of the turkey
  • Eileen off limits because shes protestant
  • Trying to understand the rules boys being
    punished for smugging in the square
  • Stephen unfairly punished for not having his

  • Order imposed by brute force threat of more
    beatings every day
  • Peer pressure to protest his innocence
  • Finally asserts self as individual
  • Restores his trust in institutional order
  • Last lines repeat of p. 27 incremental
    repetition how much has changed since then.
  • Chapter ends with a sense of joy, self-pride
    sharply constrasted in next chapter

  • Chapter II working with his uncle
  • Begins to view the world around him critically
    no longer sees himself as pious as others (his
  • Studies words as a means to enter into the world
    of adults
  • Romantic Mercedes from The Count of Monte
  • Decline in family finances keeps him from school

  • Stephen no longer sees himself as a child hes
    annoyed by the sounds of children at play
  • Feels a sense of unrest that he cant identify
  • Searches for his future in the form of an
  • Move to Dublin furniture being reclaimed, uncle
    unstable, wandering the streets of Dublin as in a
    maze (labyrinth)

  • Becoming isolated a loner he began to taste
    the joy of his loneliness.
  • Begins a flirtation with an unknown girl
    disappoints himself by his reluctance to act
  • Poetry an attempt to turn reality into a poem
    love, politics
  • Earns a reputation for writing essays
  • Scene outside the play interrupted by memory

  • Admit apologise
  • Feels personally the power of words
  • P. 58 summary of life to this point
  • Trip with his father shift in his reality
    vision of his father changes vision of himself
  • Beginning of sense of self as an artist
  • Sexual shame mortal sin

  • Visit to a prostitute language fails him-
    relief, no longer shame
  • Movement from
  • Intellectual
  • Artistic
  • Spiritual
  • Sexual
  • awakening

  • Chapter III sermons
  • Spiritual torments of hell
  • Deprived of divine light greatest loss
  • Conscience memory of past pleasures, sorrow for
    sins committed, knowledge that you failed to
  • Pain of extension torment of imagination of
    what is to come coupled with what one is
  • Eternity of hell

  • Confession, followed by realization that he will
    fall p. 116
  • Pride before his fall he will know the secrets
    of the religion, sees himself as a celebrant of
    mass in a church without worshippers
  • P. 113 A flame began to flutter again
  • Image of the priest in chapter IV is that of a
    skeletal head before a noose

  • Images
  • cerements (death)
  • Birds (Icarus)
  • Water (rebirth)
  • Bridge (crossing from one life to another)
  • Epiphany p. 123 He will not be a priest, but
    will be an artist.

  • Chapter V mimics mass
  • University 20 yrs. Old
  • Broken clock no longer bother to fix things
    that are broken
  • National poet of Ireland Thomas Moore
  • Davins story of temptation
  • Philosophical discussion of beauty
  • Meaning of words lamp, funnel, tundish,
  • home, Christ, ale, master

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