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Response paper 3 - 1 Willy Stout Writing 101-15 Modernism in The Sirens In"The Sirens chapter of Ulysses Joyce attempts to render music a written

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Willy Stout Writing 101-15 02/28/08 Modernism in The Sirens In “The Sirens” chapter of Ulysses , Joyce attempts to render music a written text. His goal is not to simply write about music but to use the language itself as the medium through which sound will flow. Having written this book during the height of the modernist movement it is inevitable that Joyce’s writing would be influenced by the original, innovative ideas of the time. Joyce’s narrative style recalls what is to be expected from modernism and shows the many different ways a language can be used. In modernism the focus moves away from society and class issues to concentrate on the individual. Joyce’s characters take on the central part of the plot and there is little concentration on Ireland’s political or religious stance, both major subjects that could have been addressed. Even when Croppy Boy, a patriotic song, is sung its purpose is not to address political problems but to instill emotion. Bloom’s reaction to the pathos of the song is not patriotic, instead he thinks about women and his family. Joyce gives every character their space, describing each one by their most
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 101-15 taught by Professor Hajduczek during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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Response paper 3 - 1 Willy Stout Writing 101-15 Modernism in The Sirens In"The Sirens chapter of Ulysses Joyce attempts to render music a written

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