Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is an excellent novel, written by James Joyce, about the life of Stephen Dedalus and how he overcame the barriers of his family and his religion to pursue his life as a writer. Drawing on details based on his own early life, Joyce provides us “with insight into how his own imagination worked” (Gose, 267). Extensive use of stream of consciousness, which represent the character’s inner thoughts and perceptions, and like human thoughts jumping from one thought to the next, oftentimes make Portrait a hard reading. This is however intentional as Joyce wants his readers to be “obliged to re-create his own space in the inner universe of the text, to participate in a sort of intransitive discourse, one that bears no fixed meaning in relation to external reality which tends, in fact, to destroy referentiality and with it, the readers’ sense of balance” (Sabatini, 95). Joyce wants his readers to experience Stephen’s inner thoughts starting from a young age, and to see the world from his perspective. “Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo….” (Joyce, 5). Joyce’s Portrait, his introduction to Stephen, his introduction to himself begins with a story, expressing just how important art is in Joyce’s life, and in a way, in Stephen’s life. Stephen is just a small boy then to whom his father is reading a children’s
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