James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
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This paper discusses how the characters within James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" represent the betrayal of the Irish through colonialism and suggest that this betrayal was made not as much by the British as by the Irish themselves. The paper argues that the self-deception that was common in the Victorian era is inherently visible in this work as he shows how ignoring and avoiding reality help built the frustrations of colonialism. The paper also shows how in a larger context, the story represents the denial of the reality of life by the people of the Victorian era in the social, cultural and political manner.
From the Paper:"The Victorian era was one, which was deemed 'perfect'. Anything that offended the senses were ignored and thus accepted as 'not being there.' The society existed on a hypocritical level, while it allowed the admittance of things such as adultery and homosexuality they were never acknowledged publicly. This then formed the basis of the Victorian social and cultural values---they never spoke publicly of anything that was unconventional.
"All of James Joyce's body of writing address issues of sexuality. Joyce's writing is extremely autobiographical, and his body of work traces his own sexual awareness from youthful interest in girls, to the concept of beauty in the "new womanly man" (Irigaray, 1986), the new manly woman, and a new, realistic, non-proprietary, open union possible between the two which he felt was superior to traditional marriage. This then analogized the merger of Britain and Ireland and on a larger pervasive context that of the culture within the society."
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