Self Discovery in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
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The author of this paper states that the journey to self-discovery may not always be painful but it is always rewarding. James Joyce's novel, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", describes such a journey, tracing the elements of Stephen's life that eventually lead him to self-realization and acceptance. This paper explains how Joyce utilizes mythology, symbolism, imagery and motifs to emphasize how Stephen matures over the years. It shows how these literary techniques help illustrate and illuminate Stephen's radical transformation.
From the Paper:"To conclude, James Joyce uses many literary motifs to illustrate and emphasize the progress of Stephen's journey in his novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Stephen's path to self-discovery is influenced by references religion and mythology. In addition, Joyce employs symbolism, imagery, and motifs in the novel to bring Stephen's adventures to life. Stephen's change was not a simple or easy one. Rather, it was difficult and complicated but well worth the painful experience of growing wings and learning to fly."
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