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a-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man-james-joyceSaintFollowing a strict religious practice, Stephen considers entering the priesthood but decides to devote his life to beauty instead.ArtistStephen develops his aesthetic theory, rejecting all outside influences that would interfere with his identity as an artist.ChildOver Christmas break, bullied and unjustly punished Stephen Dedalus witnesses a religious and political argument at home.YouthWhen Stephens family moves to Dublin, Stephen becomes disillusioned and alienated as he experiences his first sexual longings.SinnerWith a growing fear of hell, Stephen frequents prostitutes and indulges in other sinful behavior. Eventually he goes to confession.A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manby the NumbersCopies of the first printing sent to the United Kingdom 750Year Joyce began work on Stephen Hero, the precursor to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man~1903Age when Joyce enrolled in boarding school at Clongowes Wood College6Eye operations Joyce had from 1917 to 1930 25Wading GirlThe girl comes to represent a muse, a goddess who inspires artists to create.ColorsOpposing colors, particularly red and green, represent opposites or opposing views.DaedalusReferences to birds, wings, and flying develop the symbolic link between art and flying.SymbolsMain CharactersMary DedalusPious mother CranlyFriend and confidant at university; urges Stephen to fit inEmma CleryStephens feminine idealSimon DedalusProud, sentimental father; bad with moneyMotifsFather FiguresBiological, mythological, and priestly fathers populate Stephens experience.QuotationsShort quotations from songs and poems reveal how Stephen integrates external inputs.Sources: Abe Books, Encyclopaedia Britannica, History.com, The James Joyce Centre, New York Times Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Stephen Dedalus, Chapter 2 elcome, O life, I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.Irish author and playwright James Joyce based A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man on his own youth and coming of age. Joyces experiences with school, the church, and leaving Ireland for Paris as a young man bring vibrant authenticity to the novel.AuthorJAMES JOYCE1882–1941Stephen DedalusConflicted young man; becomes an artistRelying on a stream-of-consciousness narrative rich with sensory detail, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man describes the journey from childhood to adulthood of Stephen Dedalus, a character based loosely on the authors own development as a writer. Rejecting both despair and piety, Stephen chooses the calling of beauty. An Artist Comes of AgeOVERVIEWJames Joyce191415EnglishNovel AuthorYears PublishedOriginal LanguageA Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManFiction

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