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The paper describes the main theme of the book, which is about a boy growing up in Ireland at the end of the nineteenth century and his decision to dedicate his life to writing. The writer explains how the main character, Stephen Dedalus, is limited by his Irish Catholic upbringing and environment. The writer shows how, as Stephen grows, he begins to express his individuality. In conclusion, the writer states that in the end of the novel, Stephen's struggle for independent artistic identity remains unfulfilled and compares his expressive stance as one that has so deep an investment in the linguistic formulations of a Catholic confessional, so as to be indivisible from them.
From the Paper:"Joyce's portrayal of Stephen Dedalus dramatizes for readers how the young artist's insufficiently sophisticated dependence on an inherited mode of subjectivity prevents his achieving precisely this kind of critical aesthetic consciousness. Only when the Irish writer's words exposed themselves as a nexus of cultural interplay would Ireland begin to emerge from its self-imposed cultural tutelage. By fashioning his text to reveal the irreducible complexity of Irish social and cultural life, Joyce interprets the fallacy that any singular discourse can wholly and completely embody Irish culture. The stylistic and narrative shifts that characterize A Portrait symbolizes to the novel's audience a fuller understanding of Ireland's uniqueness than had previously been attempted in Irish literature, and seek nothing less than a revolution of the national mind."
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The Portrait (2006, June 07) Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-portrait-66300/
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