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Unformatted text preview: Willy Stout 01/25/08 Writing 101-15 The Character of Stephen Stephen is revealed to us in a growing manner throughout the first three chapters. His description is initially given to us by characters and narrator, which slowly passes from his physical and behavioral description to his thoughts and theories on the surrounding world. This process culminates in Proteus, in which the narration turns to a single stream-of-consciousness. The third chapter concentrates on simple visual stimuli which are then elaborated and reworked in Stephens mind. Stephen is first described to us through Buck Mulligan, who puts on a mock mass with his shaving bowl. Stephen is not amused by him and is referred to as a fearful Jesuit, displeased and sleepy, who looks at Mulligan coldly (Joyce, pg. 5). Stephen is then described as sinister for having refused to kneel and pray for his mother during her last moments in life. The theme of maternity and death will haunt Stephen for a long time, and reoccurs throughout the first three...
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