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This paper discusses how the opening chapters of novels are always crucial components, not usually because they deal with major events, but because they introduce the elements that the remainder of the novel will build on and how James Joyce's "Ulysses" is no exception to this. It looks at how the first chapter introduces the major elements that the rest of the novel will build on by presenting material that raises questions and how these questions then become the driving force for the remainder of the novel, where the reader seeks answers to them. It analyzes how the major elements introduced in the first chapter are the characters of Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus, the major problem of Stephen Dedalus, and the setting. It also shows how the first chapter establishes the style of the novel, which sets the tone for the remainder of the novel, and how it also contributes to establishing the themes of the novel. The most important style elements in the first chapter are language, imagery, and mood.
From the Paper:"While no major events take place in the opening chapters, it remains an important one because it introduces the elements that will play out as the novel continues. In relation to the rest of the novel, the opening chapter raises a series of questions that the reader expects the remainder of the novel to build on. The full significance of many of these events are not apparent in the opening chapter, but they reveal their importance as the novel progresses. These elements introduced include the characters of Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus, the major problem of Stephen Dedalus, and the setting. Each of these will now be considered in turn, both describing how they are presented in the opening chapter, and how this links to the remainder of the novel."
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"Ulysses" (2004, February 29) Retrieved April 07, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/ulysses-49185/
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