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The Cinematic Technique of Nausicaa Essay

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Our scene is set at Sandymount Shore where Leopold Bloom is attempting to rest for a moment. In what I feel is a sweet, sentimental style James Joyce writes, “Far away in the west the sun was setting and the last glow of all too fleeting day lingered lovingly on sea and strand…” (U 13. 284). The waves of the bay splash near the weedgrown rocks. A quiet stillness washes over the bay and Bloom notices three girls sitting on the rocks enjoying the fresh air. That is the feeling that I get from reading the first few lines and my cinematically inspired rendition of the events in the first page. Thematically “Nausicaa” presents several motifs that resonate throughout the chapter and have lasting effects on the overall novel. Stuart Gilbert…show more content…
The subject in reference to the concept of the painting in this chapter is chiefly Gerty MacDowell. Joyce lays the scene like an establishing shot of a movie, slowly revealing specific details about the setting. I can scarcely think of the sublime nature and aesthetics of painting without thinking of the mythology surrounding the Roman goddess, Venus and her representation of sex. Like Venus, Gerty acts as a vehicle of seduction. “Her woman’s instinct told her that she had raised the devil in him and at the thought a burning scarlet swept from throat to brow till the lovely colour of her face became a glorious rose” (U 13. 295). The art of the painting functions as an approach to describing Gerty’s seductive venture as Bloom’s detumescence.
Unlike any other chapter, “Nausicaa” coincides with more than one organ, the eye and nose. The eye represents sight and visual perception. In a sense, the eye represents what is called the lens of the camera. Similar to film, the perception of an image is immediately changed upon being captured. Essentially upside down upon first glance, the eye operates similarly to a camera lens and turns the images right side up. Sight through the eye is the manner in which Bloom spots Gerty. The eye allows for Bloom’s recurrent tendencies of voyeurism. The narrator comments, “…looking and he kept on looking, looking… O! then the Roman candle burst and it was like a sigh of O!” (U 13. 300) In this
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