A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | Study Guide

James Joyce

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Stephen Dedalus Stephen Dedalus is the novel's protagonist. Early on he considers becoming a priest, but by novel's end he decides to become an artist. Read More
Simon Dedalus Simon Dedalus is Stephen's father. Though he is a hard worker, Simon frequently is in financial trouble, forcing his family to move numerous times. Read More
Mary Dedalus Mary Dedalus is Stephen's pious mother. Read More
Cranly Cranly, a friend from Jesuit school, is Stephen's confidante; when Stephen decides not to become a priest, Cranly is the first person he tells. Read More
Father Arnall Father Arnall is one of the teachers at Clongowes. He is decent to Stephen, allowing him to skip his schoolwork when he breaks his glasses.
Athy Athy is one of Stephen's classmates at Clongowes. He is thought to receive special treatment because his father bribes one of the school's clergy.
Boody Boody is one of Stephen's younger siblings.
Mr. Casey Mr. Casey is a friend of Stephen's family and a guest at Christmas dinner. He is very supportive of John Parnell and grief stricken when he dies.
Johnny Cashman Johnny Cashman is one of the drunk old men Stephen and his father encounter when they are out on a bar crawl in Cork after selling their family house.
Uncle Charles Uncle Charles is Stephen's paternal uncle. He takes walks with Stephen during his nephew's school vacations, and Stephen learns about world events from him.
Emma Clery Emma Clery is one of Stephen's first love interests. In a prolonged daydream Stephen and Emma are married in a grand ceremony.
Connolly Connolly is one of Stephen's classmates at Jesuit school. After having a revelation about the path his life is to take, Stephen sees Connolly and several other boys swimming in the ocean, and they appear transformed to him when they are not wearing their normal clothes.
Big Corrigan Big Corrigan is one of the older students at Clongowes; he appears to have achieved immunity in relation to flogging.
Dan Crosby Dan Crosby is a tutor with whom Simon Dedalus confers at length when he and Stephen are visiting the University at Cork.
Dante Dante is Stephen's honorary aunt, and governess, who takes care of the Dedalus children. She is strongly religious, and stands firm in her belief that all people in Ireland should be obedient to the Catholic Church, first and foremost.
Davin Davin is a classmate of Stephen's from Clongowes, a simple country boy who is strongly nationalistic. He tells Stephen a poignant tale about passing by a cottage one evening and being invited in by a young woman, whom Davin refuses. He is concerned about Stephen's shirking of his duties to his country.
Dean of Studies Stephen has a conversation late in the book with the dean, who encourages him to complete his degree first and to worry about artistic aspirations afterward. He is another example of failed clergy for Stephen.
Director The director of the Jesuit school directly encourages Stephen to pursue a life in the priesthood. Shortly after this conversation Stephen realizes he has no interest in the priesthood.
Donovan Donovan is one of Stephen's college classmates and a highly arrogant fellow.
Eileen Eileen is a Protestant girl for whom Stephen has a youthful attraction. She flirts with him one day by putting her hand in his pocket. Stephen never makes any advances toward her, however.
Ennis Ennis is one of Stephen's classmates at Clongowes.
Fleming Fleming is one of Stephen's schoolmates at Clongowes. He tells one of the priests when Stephen catches a fever.
Mike Flynn Mike Flynn is an old friend of Simon Dedalus, yet another former dazzling athlete who has fallen on hard times through drink. He encourages Stephen to be an athlete and times Stephen when he runs around a racetrack during his vacation from Clongowes.
Girl on beach After Stephen decides he does not wish to pursue the priesthood, he sees a young woman standing in the ocean. The image of the girl helps Stephen to understand his main purpose in life is art.
Mr. Gleeson Mr. Gleeson is one of the masters at Clongowes. He is known for doling out corporal punishment to the students.
Vincent Heron Vincent Heron is a friend of Stephen's from school. He often challenges Stephen in matters of taste.
Katey Katey is one of Stephen's younger sisters.
Lawless One of the masters at Clongowes summons and scolds Lawless for thinking Friday is a "free day." The exchange makes Stephen apprehensive about the stern lecture to follow.
Lynch Lynch is one of Stephen's college classmates. His tastes are decadent, but he is one of the few students with whom Stephen can discuss his theories.
MacAlister MacAlister is one of Stephen's college classmates. He criticizes Stephen at one point for "intellectual crankery."
Jimmy Magee Jimmy Magee is one of the older students at Clongowes; he runs in a somewhat mischievous clique with Paddy Rath and Big Corrigan.
Maggy Maggy is one of Stephen's younger sisters.
McCann McCann is one of Stephen's college classmates. McCann accuses Stephen of being too wrapped up in himself, in opposition to McCann's sense of social activism.
Mercedes Mercedes is the love interest of the fictional Count of Monte Cristo from the novel of that name. Stephen fanaticizes her as his own love interest. As Stephen grows into an artist, his early ability to participate imaginatively in the action of a heroic novel foreshadows his growing sense of standing as a hero for the Irish people.
Brother Michael Brother Michael is an academic official at Clongowes. He is in charge of the infirmary and takes care of Stephen when he is sick.
Aubrey Mills Aubrey Mills is a boy with whom Stephen spends a lot of time during his vacation from Clongowes, playing imaginary games.
Simon Moonan Simon Moonan is one of Stephen's classmates at Clongowes. Simon is thought to be a bit of a sycophant, always seeking the school officials' favor, but he is also mischievous and gets into trouble once or twice.
Moynihan Moynihan is one of Stephen's college classmates. During a lecture, Moynihan whispers jokes about the professor in Stephen's ear.
Nash Nash is one of Stephen's classmates at Clongowes. At one point Nash and some other students bully Stephen, interrogating him about his favorite writer.
Prefect of Studies The prefect of studies, or Dean of Students, at Clongowes beats Stephen's hands when he learns Stephen has not been doing his schoolwork; he says he knows Stephen broke his glasses on purpose despite the fact that it was an accident.
Paddy Rath Paddy Rath is one of the older students at Clongowes.
Rector The rector, one of the masters of Clongowes, is viewed as something of a moral authority; Stephen's classmates urge him to tell the rector he was unjustly paddled by the prefect.
Nasty Roche Nasty Roche is one of Stephen's schoolmates at Clongowes. He bullies Stephen quite frequently.
Shuley Shuley is one of Stephen's classmates at Jesuit school. After having a revelation about the path his life is to take, Stephen sees Shuley and several other boys swimming in the ocean, and they appear transformed to him when they are not wearing their normal clothes.
Mr. Tate Mr. Tate is one of Stephen's masters at Jesuit school. He famously points at Stephen and accuses him of having "heresy in his essay."
Temple Temple is one of Stephen's college classmates. Temple and Cranly, one of Stephen's close friends, have an inimical relationship, at one point nearly coming to blows.
Cecil Thunder Cecil Thunder is one of Stephen's classmates at Clongowes. Thunder seems to have broad knowledge of flogging—namely, who is likely to receive it.
Uncle Charles Uncle Charles is Stephen's paternal uncle. Although he is not tremendously influential within Stephen's life, the two take walks during Stephen's school vacations, and Stephen learns a great deal about world events through overheard conversations.
Wallis Wallis is one of Stephen's classmates. Wallis is a mischief maker, but he doesn't have the strength to do something truly unforgivable.
Wells Wells is one of Stephen's classmates at Clongowes. He muscles Stephen into a muddy ditch.
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