Analysis Of The Book ' Portrait Of The Artist '

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Ovid’s Metamorphoses, having no set plot may at first confuse some readers, though it starts with creation, it moves on the practices involving Gods and mortals and the changes they incur. The stories seem to follow each other in time, but there are flashback’s that show Ovid is not concerned with the nebulas of time, instead he is showing the transformation’s the characters go through. Passage of time is not Ovid’s point, but as he put in the mouth of Pythagoras, the only constant in the universe is change. Ovid’s character’s changes are usually immediate, Athena changed Talos to a partridge, Daphne was transformed into a laurel tree, and Echo, well was turned into an echo. There is often a discontinuity of time, we know Echo wasted away, but how long that took is not important the theme is, the often lack of the restraints of time is what makes mythology so easy to relate for any era. James Joyce in his novel, Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man, ties his story with the semblances of mythology from the story of Daedalus and Icarus, fusing the ideas that discovery, sacrifice and rebellion is a process needed to be an artist. Though Daedalus and Icarus are from a mythical time and Stephen is living in a specific time during Dublin’s history, all characters are faced with the struggles of existence, self-discovery, and learning how to deal with one’s own need for artistic freedom and the disadvantages such gifts may pose. The path that each undergo, either by
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