A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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The word religion is defined as the belief in a God/group of Gods; an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies and rules used to worship a God or a group of Gods. I believe religion is important to every human being. Without it we are unaware of our true beliefs in life and ourselves. Growing up and going to Catholic School, I learned without God you can become lost and in need of a God to follow behind and learn from. As I started out reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, basically Stephen’s autobiography in third-person from his early childhood to early adulthood. Stephen takes us though his daily activities and thoughts of a young male growing up and maturing becoming more individualistic. Religion was the center of life for Stephen Dedalus as a child. Religion is a significant and recurring theme in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Stephen brought up in the Catholic Church, he faced many severe major life-changing events that challenged his devotion to his religion and his family. Born and raised in a strict loving Catholic family, maturing and evolving, Stephen is on the hunt to discover his own identity. As a young child, religion can be crucial in ones life. Stephen’s family trying to raised him to be a good Catholic follower sending him off to boarding school. From the beginning of Stephen Dedalus life he was always confused, his mother Mary always said apologize while his father Simon always said never feel guilty. So one parent says to feel
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