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The paper examines how mythology plays a significant role in James Joyce's novel, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". The paper looks at how Joyce, via images and symbolism, parallels Stephen's story with that of Daedalus, the mythological character. The paper describes how like the mythological story, the protagonist in this story must escape the hindrances of family, friends, and life in general through a means of escape that is extraordinary.
From the Paper:"The most obvious parallel in the novel is Stephen's last name, Dedalus. This reference operates as a symbol as Stephen begins searching for his identity. The first chapter establishes the mood and tone for the novel with this parallel and symbol as we learn about Stephen, the young boy that is embarking upon his journey to self-discovery. Dedalus parallels Daedalus in that the myth of Daedalus is one of escape and discovery. Daedalus is a smart man and a great artist. As a result of his art, he suffers. The ultimate plan is to escape captivity on Crete and this is the only way to any sort of freedom. On the island, there is oppression. In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen encounters figures of authority at an early age and his desire is to escape from them. The first forms of authority in Stephen's life appear in the form of his parents, Dante, and his uncle. Later in his life, he yearns to be free from his friends and teachers because of their expectations of him."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Viking Press. 1975.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Mythology in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (2010, December 15) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/mythology-in-a-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man-146068/
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