A Portrait Of The Artist Of A Young Man

813 words - 4 pages

“A
Portrait
of
the
Artist
as
a
Young
Man”:
Shaping
Identity By
April
16
2012

Powell Texts
and
Contexts 16
April
2012 “A
Portrait
of
the
Artist
as
a
Young
Man”:
Shaping
Identity The
first
scene
of
James
Joyce’s
novel
“A
Portrait
of
the
Artist
as
a
Young
Man”
presents the
protagonist,
as
a
child
then
as
a
young
man.
This
scene
condenses
the
journey
by foreshadowing
the
challenges
the
protagonist
will
experience
leading
to
him
becoming
the
artist he
was
meant
to
be:
we
are
introduced
to
three
major
forces
that
shape
his
identity
and
thoughts; Irish
Nationalism,
Catholic
Identity,
and
sensitivity. James
Joyce’s
choice
of
Dublin,
Ireland
at
the
end
of
the
19th
century
as
the
setting
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However,
his relationship
becomes
strained
when
he
develops
temptations
for
what
is
unholy.
This
foreshadows the
challenges
he
will
face
with
his
religious
identity
effecting
his
character
development eventually
making
him
into
the
artist
he
is
destined
to
become.
The
first
temptation
he experiences
is
a
crush
he
develops
on
the
girl
next
door,
Eileen,
who
is
Protestant.
He
knew
this was
wrong
he
was
ashamed
of
these
feelings
so,
“he
hid
under
the
table”.
His
uncle,
Dante,
was furious
exclaiming
that
if
Stephen
did
not
stop
then,
“the
eagles
will
come
and
pull
out
his
eyes”. Dante’s
violent
anger
towards
Protestants
goes
against
Stephens
sensitive
nature.
This
first negative
experience
he
has
with
his
faith
foreshadows
others
he
will
have
as
the
novel
develops. Stephen
realizes
later
that
the
way
in
which
he
was
raised
under
the
Catholic
light
is
not
suitable for
his
delicate
and
compassionate
nature,
eventually
leading
him
to
becoming
a
nonbeliever. Ultimately
deciding
to
embrace
life
and
all
of
humanities
pitfalls
believing
there
to
be
beauty
in man’s
sinful
nature. The
novel
starts
with
“once
upon
a
time”:
this
is
the
beginning
of
a
rhyme
that
Stephen’s father
told
him
as
a
child.
The
language
used
in
the
story
is
childish:
“moocow,”
“tuckoo,”
and “nicens”
all
of
which
can
be
considered
childish
mannerisms.
Stephen
identifies
with
the
“baby...

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