James Joyce's 'Ulysses': An Analysis

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Ulysses James Joyce's Ulysses was written throughout a total duration of seven years, and was published by episodes in The Little Review, an American journal. The eighteen episodes were eventually put together in the form of a novel and published in 1922, in Paris, by Sylvia Beach. Ulysses is one of the most complex and structured novels of modernist literature, and the analogy to Homer's Odyssey is revealed at various levels, such as the similarity between Leopold Bloom and Ulysses, the similarity between Molly Bloom and Penelope, or the various themes which exist in both works. The author often mentioned the complex construction of the novel and argued that he had introduced so many riddles and enigmas, that the professors would continue to discuss his book for years to come. In his own words, he has: "Put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality" (The Guardian, 2000). The novel focuses on one day in the life of advertiser Leopold Bloom, and other recurrent characters include his wife, singer Molly Bloom, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer. The action takes place in Dublin and starts at 8 in the morning, with Stephen waking up and having a tense breakfast with his roommates, and ends with Leopold and Molly going back to bed at night. During the one day, Stephen's mother is buried, Molly consummates her affair with Blazes Boyland and Leopold
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