Accepting Adulthood in "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Accepting Adulthood in "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
An analysis of James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."
# 119764 | 1,939 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 24, 2010 in Literature (European (other))


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This paper takes a look at the character of Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." In introducing the protagonist, the reviewer first elicits Jung's theories of a metaphysical system, known as "Seven Sermons to the Dead". The reviewer argues that the ideas expressed in Jung's "Seven Sermons to the Dead" closely relate to the intellectual and artistic growth of the character of Stephen Daedalus. The paper continues by tracing Stephen's development, citing salient events from the novel. The paper concludes by suggesting why the main character chose to leave Ireland and how this is connected with acceptance of adulthood.

From the Paper:

"James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, follows the development of Stephan Dedalus, whose identity is torn between that of the particular and that of the universal, the rational and the unconscious. He, like Ovid's Icarus, must find a middle way between the thrill of flight and turbid responsibility. Stephen's daemon, the mythical Dedalus, directs him away from the trappings of self and society and toward the expression of the universal, much in the same way that a room pregnant with demons (who 'found not what they sought' upon their return from Jerusalem) impels Jung to communicate a universal metaphysics. Moreover, it is a dialectical understanding of the fallen world that Septum Sermones communicates that is also central to Stephen's realization as an artist. Thus, it will be argued that the ideas expressed in Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead closely relate to the intellectual and artistic growth of Stephen Daedalus. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Joyce, James. Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Chamber Music. New York: Random House, 1992. pgs. 181-390.
  • Jung, Carl. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. New York: Vintage, 1989. Pgs. 378-90.

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