An Analysis of "A Portrait of the Artist as a young man" by James Joyce

Joyce remained in Dublin for some time, drinking heavily. After one of these drinking binges, he got into a fight

An Analysis of A Portrait of the Artist as a young man by James Joyce



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"Stephanos", genius who wasnt recognized during his lifetime. There are thoughts about the eternal, bitter and at the same time saving loneliness of an artist in the heart of the novel, how he should defend for his individuality and independence of his inner world. The words of Stephen Dedalus Silence, exile, skill became a motto for Joyce and a beginning of a new phase of his life and work. In the article "Day of Crowds" the young Joyce suggested the idea that the artist devoted himself to true art, can create only outside of Ireland. A related thesis about the deliberate exclusion of the artist who doesnt have to go on deal with the crowd: "This radical principle ... is especially applicable in times of crisis, and today, when the highest form of the art was kept only at the cost of incredible sacrifices, it is so strange to see that artist deals with the crowd". Ultimately, the "crowd" becomes the whole society for the artist and the attempt to gain freedom becomes an illusion, finishing by the tragedy of Icarus.

( )main object of study in a number of papers becomes the figure of Stephen Dedalus itself and his aesthetic theory of relation to the art of the Joyce.old school regarded Stephen as alter ego of Joyce; the new school stressed the ironic attitude of Joyce to Stephen, and thought that the views of the hero and the author, if arent opposite, but quite differ from each other.whole world that surrounded Stephen Dedalus - people, things, houses, cities - are drawn only so far as they contribute to the disclosure of the inner world of the hero. There is no clearly identified and sufficiently clear manifesting in the plot, which could be related to the development of Stephen in life. ( )

Some facts related to the life and the work of James Joyce:

1. Joseph Strick directed a film of the book Ulysses, which awarded an Oscar in 1968 as best adapted screenplay; Golden Globe Awards in 1968 as the best foreign film in English; the prize of British Academy in 1968 for Best British Actress (Barbara Jefford), Best Cinematography (black and white movies), the most promising newcomer (Milo O'Shea) and on Cannes Film Festival in 1967 awarded Palme d'Or.

In 1977 Joseph Strick directed a new film of another book of James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young man. (

2. There are several statues of James Joyce on North Earl Street in Dublin.

3. The work and life of Joyce is celebrated annually on 16 June in Dublin and in an increasing number of cities worldwide and is called Bloomsday.(a term Joyce himself did not employ) was invented in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel, when John Ryan (artist, critic, publican and founder of Envoy Magazine) and the novelist Flenn OBrien organized what was to be a daylong pilgrimage along the Ulysses route. They were joined by Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, Tom Joyce. Ryan had engaged two horse drawn cabs, of the old-fashioned kind, which in Ulysses Mr. Bloom and his friends drive to poor Paddy Dignam's funeral. The party was assigned roles from the novel. They planned to travel round the city through the day, visiting in turn the scenes of the novel, ending at night in what had once been the brothel quarter of the city, the area which Joyce had called Nighttown. . A Bloomsday record of 1954, informally filmed by John Ryan, follows this pilgrimage. ( )

4. There is a wax statue of James Joyce in the National Wax Museum in Dublin. ( )

5. James Joyce Bridge - arched bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin.In one of James Joyce's stories "The Dead", the action takes place in the house, which is now in front of the bridge.The bridge was opened on June 16, 2003 in the so-called Bloom's Day. Bridge is illuminated at night. (

6. James Joyce Tower is a Museum and a sightseeing place, located 13 miles south from Dublin, Ireland.The tower was built to protect from invasion of Napoleon's troops. In 1904, the building was rented, and the first tenant was the poet Oliver Gogarty, who invited James Joyce to stay with him. By the time of the alleged visit Joyce damaged relations with the owner of the tower, writing an insulting poem about him. Oliver did not cancel the invitation, but during a week the situation has worsened. One night, Gogarty fired with his pistol over the head of Joyce, who had to flee.there is an exhibition devoted to James Joyce on two floors, who had chosen the tower as the location of the first chapter of the novel "Ulysses". One room is decorated the way it is described in the book. ( )

7. On March 17, 2008 in Moscow in the garden of the State Library of Foreign Literature was founded a monument to James Joyce. ( )

8. The ten pound note was issued in September 1993 and last in 2000. The front of the note features James Joyce; the background features Dublin and Wicklow, particularly Dublin Bay.back of the note features one of the heads on The Custom House, Dublin by Edward Smyth. The head is one of fourteen and believed to represent the River Liffey. A nineteenth century map and part of Finnegans Wake" also feature.dominant color of the banknote is green. ( )



9. In 1999, Time Magazine named Joyce one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, and stated; "Joyce ... revolutionized 20th century fiction". In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses No. 1, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man No. 3, and Finnegans Wake No. 77, on its list of the 100 English-language novels of the 20th century. ( )





.An Introduction to Literary criticism. Richard Dutton, Longman York Press, 1986

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