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ulysses-james-joyceUlyssesby the NumbersBritish pounds paid for a first edition of Ulysses in 2009275,000Year an obscenity trial lifted the ban on publishing Ulysses in the United States1933Years between publication of Ulysses and thefirst celebration of Bloomsdayon June 16 2££Stephen Dedalus, Chapter 2istory is a nightmare from whichI am trying to awake. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, James Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work by A. Nicholas Fargnoli & Michael Patrick Gillespie, The Modernism Lab, Salon.com Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Set in Dublin on June 16, 1904, Ulysses weaves together allusions, history, and an array of narrative styles. The meanderings of Leopold Bloom, an ordinary ad salesman, are framed as the epic journey in Homers Odyssey. His and other characters’ habits, thoughts, and exploits drive the plot and are narrated with startling frankness.An Epic ofOrdinary LifeTHEMESDeathAn ever-present part of their lives, death profoundly affects the characters.Fathers & SonsThe bond between fathers and sons is presented as fragile and tragic.Sex, Love & EmpathyDesire for sex and love, as well as feelings of empathy, motivate the characters.SymbolsBlooms PotatoRepresents the superstitious belief in talismans and cure-alls KeysStand for autonomy and security in one's own homeThrowawaySymbolizes the triumphof the underdog Main CharactersLeopold BloomKindly, scientifically minded, Jewish-Catholic IrishmanStephen DedalusIntellectual, rebellious, artistic college graduateMollySensual, independent housewife; has a singing talentBlazes BoylanFlirtatious rogue; talented singerFATHER FIGURESPOUSESLOVERSLike Ulysses character Stephen Dedalus, Joyce was the eldest of many siblings in a poor Dublin family and went to Paris just after college. Joyce set Ulysses in Dublin, but he wrote it in Italy, France, and Switzerland in self-imposed exile from Ireland.JAMES JOYCE1882–1941AuthorEnglishOriginal Language1922Year PublishedJames JoyceAuthorUlyssesFictionNovel

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