Essay Exam 4 Joyce

Essay Exam 4 Joyce - English 150 Essay Exam #4 Stephen...

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English 150 Essay Exam #4 Stephen Dedalus the Martyr In James Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man his character Stephen Dedalus is a hero of social justice. From the very beginning in Stephen’s early childhood, Joyce presents Stephen as one who will stand up for what is right. This is why Stephen, a physically unimposing character becomes a symbol for great change and moral strength by the end of the novel. Yet while it ultimately earns him the respect of his peers as a young boy, it seems to isolate him throughout his adult life. “A hot burning stinging tingling blow like the loud crack of a broken stick made his trembling hand crumple together like a leaf in the fire.” (pg. 60) It is with these words that Stephen Dedalus becomes a martyr. Not for a religious ideal as we seem to attach it today, but for the cause of justice. Stephen is wrongly punished for losing his glasses by the prefect of studies. The glasses in actuality were broken by no fault of his own. The prefect
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENG 150 taught by Professor Fargnoli during the Spring '08 term at Salve Regina.

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Essay Exam 4 Joyce - English 150 Essay Exam #4 Stephen...

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