This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" Analysis

1379 words - 6 pages

In "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", the main character, Stephen Dedalus has a life long desire to find a father figure. Not finding it within his own home he is forced to look out among the other men who play intricate roles in his life. Again and again Stephen is faced with the disappointment of a potential father figure letting him down. It is not until the end of the book, when Stephen looks back over his life, that he has an idea of who his true father figure is. This knowledge is the beginning to Stephen's flight to becoming a true artist.Throughout the book Stephen and his father's relationship become progressively rocky. In the beginning Stephen has a child-like admiration ...view middle of the document...

Later on in the same day his father makes a comment about wanting to have a relationship that is not father-son, but more of a friendship. "I'm talking to you as a friend, Stephen. I don't believe a son should be afraid of his father"(80). This is the first time that Stephen begins to believe that possible his father might not really be a true father figure to him. Later on in Cork Stephen has accompanied his father to a pub, and when his father has become intoxicated he begins to make comments about how he is a better man than his son. "Then he's not his father's son," said the old man. "I don't know, I'm sure," said Mr. Dedalus, smiling, complacently"(83). Stephen's feelings towards his father drop drastically from this point on. From here one sees Stephen begin to indulge in a sinful lifestyle by sleeping with prostitutes, to most likely find love from someone since his father won't give it.Finally in chapter five we see that Stephen and his father have lowered their relationship to one full of name calling. When Stephen is enjoying a poor meal with his family his mother makes a comment that Stephen's personality and hygiene had changed since he began attending the university. "When the enameled basin had been fitted into the well of the wink and the old washing glove flung on the side of it, he allowed his mother to scrub his neck and root into the folds of his ears and into the interstices at the wings of his nose. "Well, it's a poor case," she said, "when a university student is so dirty that his mother has to wash him"(153). From upstairs Stephen's father yells out that Stephen has become a "lazy bitch". "Is your lazy bitch of a brother gone out yet"(153). At hearing this Stephen becomes frustrated and leaves the house, which he then wanders the streets quoting poetry to himself. This is the final blow for Stephen and his father's relationship. From here on out he begins to look for a father figure in the other men who play key roles in his life.The first man Stephen looks to is the rector. The rector is the head master of Clongowes. Being at a place of power makes him admired. When Stephen was unjustly pandied he went up to the rector to speak out against the injustice done to him. When the rector said that he would speak to father Dolan, Stephen was filled with admiration for him. "Very well," the rector said, "it is a mistake and I shall speak to Father Dolan myself. Will that do now"(50)....

Find Another Essay On A "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" Analysis

Comparing The Dead and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

3433 words - 14 pages The Dead and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man   Unlike the preceding stories in Dubliners, which convey the basic theme of paralysis, "The Dead" marks a departure in Joyce's narrative technique.  As one critic notes, in this final story of Dubliners:  "The world of constant figures has become one of forces that, in relation to each other, vary in dimension and direction" (Halper 31).  Epstein has offered some insight into Joyce's

The Esthetic Theory and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

1405 words - 6 pages The Esthetic Theory and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man    In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus defines beauty and the artist's comprehension of his/her own art. Stephen uses his esthetic theory with theories borrowed from St. Thomas Aquinas and Plato. The discourse can be broken down into three main sections: 1) A definitions of beauty and art. 2) The apprehension and qualifications of beauty. 3) The

James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

1462 words - 6 pages James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Works Cited Missing In James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus, a young man growing up, has many of the same traits of the young James Joyce. For example, "On 1 September 1888, at the age of 'half-past-six', Joyce was taken by his parents to be enrolled in the finest Catholic preparatory

Literary devices used in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

887 words - 4 pages Joyce has used the name Daedalus as a literary vehicle to give the reader a sense of deeper understanding about Stephen as a character in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man ". There is a link between Stephen Dedalus and the Greek mythological figure Daedalus and this becomes apparent to Stephen when he hears his friends say his name in Greek. When Stephen compares himself to the "fabulous artificer" their similar plight reveals itself. The

Essay on Art in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

1578 words - 6 pages Romantics he has to see art more as a fundamental validation of his own being than as a communication of a special vision. Two aspects of Romanticism figure into this analysis of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. First, the Romantics' defining belief in some connection between the human spirit and some higher purpose, and their belief in art's capacity to serve as the vehicle to connect the human with the divine, is the philosophical

Essay on Kinship in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

1533 words - 6 pages Search for Kinship in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man       At the heart of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man lies Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive young man concerned with discovering his purpose in life. Convinced that his lack of kinship or community with others is a shortcoming that he must correct, Stephen, who is modeled after Joyce, endeavors to fully realize himself by attempting to create a forced

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

978 words - 4 pages Throughout the story A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce we see Stephen's struggle with Catholicism, sin and his destiny. In Stephen's life, which almost mirrors Joyce's, Catholicism is a big part but it fades and in it's place comes art. The title alone tells us that he is an artist not that he is Catholic. It is Joyce's priority to tell us about himself as an artist and how he became to be one, by rejecting Catholicism

Stephen's Spiritual Development in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

1025 words - 4 pages A Tortuous Path: an examination of Stephen's spiritual development in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce divides A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man into five chapters. At the end of each chapter exists somewhat of a revelation, or a climatic moment and realization that Stephen has. These five poetic moments in the novel mirror Stephen's artistic and spiritual development, as he gradually shifts from being brought up in

Imagery and Maturation in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

1559 words - 6 pages James Joyce’s, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, serves as a psychological look into the maturation that occurs within children as they constantly absorb different elements of life. Stephen Dedalus represents what most boy experience while growing up, and his struggles and triumphs serve as an ideal example for the bildungsroman genre. Of the numerous themes within the novel, Joyce’s inclusion of vivid imagery and sensory details provide

Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

3116 words - 12 pages Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets The spirit of Ireland is embodied in young Stephen Dedalus, the central character of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Like the Dedalus of Greek myth, Stephen

James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

1989 words - 8 pages The need for the protagonist, Stephen Dedalus’ artistic expression is emphasized in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce juxtaposes Stephen Daedalus’ creativity with a commitment to his catholic religion while on his odyssey to find his identity. Which calling will he answer to—artist or priest? The text follows the protagonist through both his positive and negative experiences with priests and his early revelations of

Similar Essays

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man Religion

1037 words - 4 pages A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Religion as Repression Like his protagonist, James Joyce was an Irish Catholic. He was also sent to Clongowes Wood College to board and study as a young boy. In effect the story is in part an autobiography of Joyce's own life up to the age of twenty or so (Kershner 6). In his essay A Portrait as Rebellion Norman Holland states: Because of Portrait's peculiar combination of novel and autobiography, I feel

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man Essay

764 words - 4 pages James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which takes place in late 19th century Ireland, is a modernist Bildungsroman about Stephen Dedalus, a young man who, while facing the obstacles of his family, religion, and nation, tries to discover his life's purpose. Throughout the novel, Joyce takes the readers through Stephen's labyrinthine life, using techniques such as epiphanies, betrayals, and central images. One of the three

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

5843 words - 23 pages pervert, possibly a homosexual known to many in Joyce's Dublin. An old man, he tells them tales about young girls and finally about boys being whipped. His sadistic pleasure at torture comes as a shock to the narrator. He finally notices that the man has 'bottle-green' eyes. Through the image of these 'green eyes' Joyce suggests that it is this absolute sexual Other that he had been both tempted and frightened to 'encounter'. Instead of an escape he

Essay On The Artist As Hero In A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

1313 words - 5 pages The Artist as Hero in A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man        A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce is a partly autobiographical account of the author's life growing up.  The novel chronicles the process through which the main character, Stephen, struggles against authority and religious doctrine to develop his own philosophies on life.  Stephen is not necessarily rebelling against God and his father as much as he