Summary and Analysis 11 Cecil Thunder:
He is bewildered and buffeted about in a world of political unrest, theological discord, and economic decline. In this environment, he attempts to resolve for himself the problems of faith, morality, and art.
At the end, feeling himself cut off from nation, religion, and family, he decides to leave Ireland in order to seek his own fulfillment as an artist, the artificer that his name suggests.
Simon Dedalus Simon Dedalus, an easygoing, talkative, patriotic Irishman who reveres the memory of nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell. During his lifetime he has engaged in many activities, as a medical student, an actor, an investor, and a tax-gatherer, among others; but he has failed in everything he has tried.
Simon is almost the stereotyped, eloquent Irishman who drinks much more than is good for him. Dedalus, a worn, quiet woman who remains a shadowy background figure in the novel. An energetic defender of anything Catholic, she despises anyone whose views are opposed to her own. Her special targets are certain Irish patriots, particularly Parnell, and all enemies of priests.
Her violent arguments with Simon Dedalus on politics and religion make a profound impression on young Stephen.
He is not allowed to play with the little girl because she is a Protestant. She is the girl to whom he addresses his love poems. He is athletic, emotionally moved by ancient Irish myth, and obedient to the Church. To Stephen, he personifies country, religion, and the dead romantic past, the forces in the national life that Stephen is trying to escape.
Lynch Lynch, an intelligent but irreverent student at University College. During a walk in the rain, Stephen Dedalus tries to explain to Lynch his own views on art. Cranly Cranly, a student at University College.
A casuist, he serves as an intellectual foil to Stephen Dedalus. To him, Stephen confides his decision not to find his vocation in the Church and the reasons for his inability to accept its rituals or even to believe its teachings.
While Stephen Dedalus is attending Belvedere College, during a religious retreat, Father Arnall preaches an eloquent sermon on the sin of Lucifer and his fall. The sermon moves Stephen so deeply that he experiences a religious crisis, renounces all pleasures of the flesh, and for a time contemplates becoming a priest.
A strict disciplinarian, he punishes Stephen Dedalus unjustly after the boy has broken his glasses and is unable to study. When Stephen is a small boy, he accompanies Uncle Charles on his errands.- James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce's novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man () is entirely concerned with the development of its main character, Stephen Dedalus.
Instant downloads of all LitChart PDFs (including A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man). A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, strictly speaking, is not an autobiographical novel, and yet in the novel, Joyce attempts to weave much of the fabric of his real life into an artful tapestry of fiction.
Most of the following characters in the novel are based on people who actually existed. CHARACTER ANALYSIS STEPHEN DEDALUS Stephen's earliest memories--intensely vivid and fragmented--are proof that from the first, he always viewed his world from an artist's perspective.
Later, as a young man, Stephen retains his childlike curiosity about people and things. Stephen's Journey to Maturation in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce Words 5 Pages In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the author James Joyce uses the development of Stephen from a sensitive child to a rebellious young man to develop the plot of the novel.
James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Works Cited Missing In James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus, a young man growing up, has many of the same traits of the young James Joyce.