A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
This paper is an in-depth study of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
This paper studies James Joyce’s autobiographical tale of Stephen Dedalus. It discusses Stephen’s growing self-awareness as a person and as an artist which causes him to dismiss the nationalism and Catholicism and to go to Paris to become a writer. It is a tale of the author’s description’s of Dedalus’ history and what became of him. It includes several excerpts from the book which are analyzed.
“If we were to concern ourselves strictly with plot, we might well say of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man that there is none there. Not a great deal actually happens in this essentially autobiographical tale of Stephen Dedalus, and the narrative follows no clear single trajectory of cause and effect. Rather, in one of the first important uses of stream of consciousness, Joyce tells us in this short novel about Stephen’s growing self-awareness as a person and as an artist, a growing self-awareness that will cause him by the end of the book to cast off the nationalism, the Catholicism and the sense of clannishness that defines other members of his father and to set off to Paris to become a writer.”