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

James Joyce

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Timeline of Events

  • Early Childhood

    Stephen Dedalus has fragmented sensory memories of his early childhood at home.

    Chapter 1
  • Three years later

    Stephen is sent to boarding school at Clongowes Wood College.

    Chapter 1
  • Soon after

    Stephen gets sick at Clongowes and has to go to the infirmary.

    Chapter 1
  • Christmas

    At Christmas dinner Stephen's family has a heated argument over Irish politics.

    Chapter 1
  • Later in winter

    Stephen fails to do his schoolwork and gets his hands struck by the prefect of studies at Clongowes.

    Chapter 1
  • Same day

    Stephen tells the rector of Clongowes he was beaten unfairly by the prefect.

    Chapter 1
  • Summer

    While on school vacation Stephen walks with his Uncle Charles and obsesses over girls.

    Chapter 2
  • End of summer

    Stephen's family moves to Dublin from the country.

    Chapter 2
  • A few years later

    Stephen is in a school play at Belvedere College, a Jesuit day school.

    Chapter 2
  • Later

    Stephen goes with his father to Cork to sell the family house.

    Chapter 2
  • Later

    After a school play Stephen has his first encounter with a prostitute.

    Chapter 2
  • Soon after

    Father Arnall gives a lengthy speech about St. Xavier, which shakes Stephen.

    Chapter 3
  • That night

    Stephen makes a confession and feels somewhat better afterward.

    Chapter 3
  • Fall

    A Belvedere College master suggests Stephen consider priesthood as a vocation.

    Chapter 4
  • Same day

    In an epiphany Stephen realizes he does not have sufficient zeal for the priesthood.

    Chapter 4
  • Same Day

    An encounter with a girl standing in the ocean begins Stephen's life as an artist.

    Chapter 4
  • Later

    Stephen tells his classmate Cranly he will soon leave the university to be a writer.

    Chapter 5
  • April

    Stephen tells Emma he plans to be an artist rather than a priest.

    Chapter 5

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 The novel is told from Stephen's perspective. When readers first meet Stephen, he is a baby, forming thoughts and notici... Read More
Chapter 2 Stephen is home from boarding school for the summer, spending his days with his amiable Uncle Charles as he makes the ... Read More
Chapter 3 Stephen now must go through a time of great self-reckoning. What had previously been mere temptation toward indulgence... Read More
Chapter 4 Stephen is in the midst of training for the priesthood, having fully adopted it as his life's calling. He finds some s... Read More
Chapter 5 As the chapter opens Stephen leads the listless and somewhat unstructured life of a student, and the lifestyle seems t... Read More
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