A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

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James Joyce created all of his literary pieces from his own personal experiences throughout his life and the culture he grew up in (Norris 3). In his novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce and his character, Stephen Dedalus, share a wide variety of similarities, all the way from childhood aspects, to challenges of adulthood. Because of these similarities, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is considered an autobiography. James Joyce created the character, Stephen Dedalus, as a mirrored image of himself in both A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. However, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man describes Joyce’s own experiences from boyhood to adulthood (Azizmohammadi 162). Joyce used his birthplace as the setting for the novel. He also used characteristics of his own father to create a character to play a role as the father of Stephen. Joyce was born in 1882 in Rathgar, Ireland, located about a mile from Dublin, where he based the novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Dublin is where Stephen begins his childhood, goes to school, and grows into a young adult. Joyce’s father was very intelligent, but lacked the work ethic and competence to financially support a family. He was a well rounded person and considered a gentleman by many, but his personality did not help him find a sustainable career (Norris 1). The mother of James Joyce did her best to care for the Dedalus family. She wanted them to live comfortably and have
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