Essay on James Joyce

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James Joyce

     James Joyce, an Irish novelist and poet, grew up near Dublin. James
Joyce is one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century. In each of his prose works he used symbols to experience what he called an "epiphany", the revelation of certain revealing qualities about himself. His early writings reveal individual moods and characters and the plight of Ireland and the Irish artist in the 1900's. Later works, reveal a man in all his complexity as an artist and in family aspects. Joyce is known for his style of writing called
"stream of consciousness". Using this technique, he ignored ordinary sentence structure and attempted to reproduce the rambling's of the
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After Ulysses in 1922, he was left a lot of money from an
Englishwoman, and then spent his time working on his writing full time. This book A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in 1916, was an autobiographical novel about his youth and his home life. The main character's name in this is
Stephen Dedalus. It shows a clear cut , advocary of an artists right to defy inhibiting forces like, family, church and nation. When Stephen, was in the university he talks about hi dislike for his classmates who just bend their heads and write in their notebooks, "the points they were bidden to note, nominal definitions, essential definitions and examples or dates of birth or death, chief works, a favorable and unfavorable criticism side by side," Joyce's views of Irish education weren't very good. Stephen in this book scorns his family, and his fathers attributes. He thinks that he has failed in his effort to unite his will and the will of God, to love God the way he feels is expected.
He feels this because he will not serve God. He wants to live his life his way.
He talks about how he knew he couldn't be accepted, "it wounded him to think that he would never be but a shy guest at the feast of the world's culture and that the monkish learning, in terms of which he was striving to forge out an esthetic philosophy, was held no higher by the age he lived than the subtle and curious jargons of heraldry

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