A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Coming of age proves to be a difficult thing to do in James Joyce’s novel, which traces the sexual, religious, and philosophical maturation of Stephen Daedalus, Joyce’s semi-autobiographical hero. This modernist novel experiments with language, opening famously with a stream-of-consciousness account of events from a child’s point of view. The oldest of ten children, Stephen comes from an Irish Catholic family which continually struggles financially. When he is sent to boarding school, Stephen experiences pivotal moments in his life, including being teased and bullied by the bigger boys, and being unjustly hit by a prefect. The novel fast-forwards to Stephen’s adolescence, during which he becomes increasingly obsessed with lurid sexual fantasies. One night, he goes to a prostitute to have his first sexual experience, and frequenting prostitutes soon becomes a habit. But Stephen is wracked with guilt by his sexual activities and also begins going to confession regularly. He becomes extremely religious, believing that he has experienced a revelation, but at the same time is frustrated by Catholicism’s strict rules. As he navigates through these conflicting and complicated impulses, Stephen embarks on a process of self-discovery that takes readers on a literary journey that they won’t soon forget.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...
His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.
He was baby ...
Reviewed by February23 on Dec 18, 2009
I absolutely adore James Joyce.I read this piece twice,just to make sure I understood it.Great use of language.Simple,but meaningful
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