Effect of Irish environment and culture on Joyce's work. His collection of short stories, "Dubliners," as a mirror for his Irish readers. Joyce's response to the complex political and aesthetic dislocations. Impact of English rule, Irish Catholicism, poverty. Discusses elements in "A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN," "ULYSSES," "FINNEGAN'S WAKE."
The collection of short stories called Dubliners was James Joyce's first published work, and it describes what author James Joyce considered the... more
The collection of short stories called Dubliners was James Joyce's first published work, and it describes what author James Joyce considered the "moral paralysis" of a nation, a paralysis manifested in the degree to which the people had given over their political rights to the clergy and had allowed their country to be subjected tyranny both from the English and from the people's own dedication to their past. The city of Dublin and the people of that city are the focus of these stories and serve as a representation of all Ireland. Joyce as a writer is often seen as deeply abstruse, primarily because of the densities of his novels Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. His novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the stories in Dubliners are somewhat more accessible but are also infused with symbolism and word-play used to further Joyce's sense of the
Compares two different literary genres of the authors. Joyce's short story "Araby" and Shakespeare's drama "king Lear." Detailed analysis of two passages from each work with the common motif of a dilemma of youth. How dialogue and narration function differently in each genre. The transition of both protagnoists to an understanding of the self.
Joyce and Shakespeare: A Brief Comparison Dialogue and narration function differently in each literary genre. While the purposes of dialogue... more
Joyce and Shakespeare: A Brief Comparison Dialogue and narration function differently in each literary genre. While the purposes of dialogue and narrative elements within a short story, a novel, or a play are similar, the ways in which they are manipulated as tools or vehicles for expression are not necessarily the same. This brief report will examine two very different literary works to illustrate these different effects and the ways in which such differences contribute to the production of meaning. The two works are James Joyce’s short story, “Araby,” and William Shakespeare’s great drama, “King Lear.” The two passages selected for analysis both represent a dilemma of youth. In the case of Joyce’s male protagonist in “Araby,” the dilemma is the transition that takes place from boy to young man
Short story's theme, symbolism, narrative, world view.
THE THEME OF JAMES JOYCE’S “THE DEAD” Literature can roughly be divided into two types. One category of literary work is plot-driven. The... more
THE THEME OF JAMES JOYCE’S “THE DEAD” Literature can roughly be divided into two types. One category of literary work is plot-driven. The point of this type of work is to tell a story, as in mystery books or romances. The book exists on one plane only. Once the reader has completed reading, he or she has little reason to revisit the work because the book has been “solved.” The murderer has been identified, the romance has resolved in one way or another. Most important, the book has no need of subtext, the characteristic of the other type of literature. Books of the second type exist on two separate planes. The narrative plane tells a specific tale, involving the usual accouterments of literary endeavor:plot, character, theme. However, the work also exists on another level. The author, at
Analyzes relationship between points of view of young protagonist & adult narrator of short story about boy's first love.
This study will explore the nature and significance of the points of view in James Joyce's short story "Araby," focusing on the relationship between... more
This study will explore the nature and significance of the points of view in James Joyce's short story "Araby," focusing on the relationship between the perspectives of the young protagonist and the adult narrator. The boy in the story is probably in his early teens. He would have to be at least 12 or 13 for his hormones to be raging as they are. It is doubtful that he is any older than 15 or he would probably be less innocent than he is and probably would be exhibiting the kind of sarcastic or cynical front that older teenagers demonstrate after having been burned once or twice falling in and out of young love. He is experiencing his first "love" and if he were older than 12 or 13 ---with his innately romantic nature---he would probably have already gone through the first awakening and crash of that first broken heart, and would be more prepared for the disappointment
DAMNATION AS A CAREER CHOICE: LOSS OF FAITH IN A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
One of the pervasive themes of the great writers in Western literature is how the writer’s work stands in relationship to the Christian church. One such writer who has explored the writer’s relationship to the church in depth, if in iconoclastic fashion, is James Joyce. His Catholic upbringing, in an Ireland characterized by denominational acrimony, provides substantial material for Joyce’s work. His A Portrait of The Artist As a Young Man, while not exclusively concerned with Catholicism, nevertheless uses the religion as a vehicle through which Joyce expresses philosophical concerns regarding the relationship of religious authority to individual autonomy. Throughout t
Examines Stephen Dedalus' fascination with, use of & development as artist & man through language.
In the opening chapters of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce couples the development of Stephen Dedalus as a human being with the... more
In the opening chapters of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce couples the development of Stephen Dedalus as a human being with the development of his skills at language. The character is always surrounded by and fascinated by language and by the act of telling a story, and this is mirrored in the structure of the novel and in the way the language is structured as well. Stephen's interest in language is created as he interacts with the world around him and as he is motivated to explain that world to himself first and then to others. The novel recreates the development of a writer, one who works with words, communicates with language, but also one who understands the world and himself through his fascination with language. In the early chapters, Stephen's sense of language and storytelling remains in its early stages and does not develop to full artistic
Initiation Imagery in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man In his first novel, James Joyce recounts his own emergence from childhood... more
Initiation Imagery in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man In his first novel, James Joyce recounts his own emergence from childhood into the first flowering of his great creativity, his initiation into the life of art. Portrait of the Artist in part describes the journey of a novice preparing for holy office by participating in the pertinent rituals in the requisite order. The hero is baptized in a special way, and beaten into fear. He is tempted. He endures austerities, and he has his moment of doubt leading to choice and revelation. In the tradition of the mystery religions, the rite of initiation is a journey through a number of trials into the presence of the Goddess, the Mother of God. By using the Catholic Church and its priesthood as models, as well as by pointing to special events that signify initiation,
Examines father-son relationship from Freudian (Oedipus complex) perspective.
This study will examine the father-son relationship in James Joyce's Ulysses from a Freudian or psychoanalytic perspective. In general, Joyce,in... more
This study will examine the father-son relationship in James Joyce's Ulysses from a Freudian or psychoanalytic perspective. In general, Joyce,in portraying the relationship between Stephen and his father makes clear that he does not agree with the basic tenets of Freudian theory as expressed primarily in the Oedipus complex. As Freeman writes in Freud Discovered: "Freud . . . used the Oedipus myth to give profound insights into the sexual and aggressive nature of the child . . . (Oedipus) was abandoned as a baby by a frightened murderous father (a baby basher) . . . Lacking a loving mother or father to whom he could relate, Oedipus grew up with a 'murderous rage that could not be contained and modified." . . . The whole background of the Oedipal tragedy was the failure of Oedipus to establish a good