("The life and works of James Joyce")
The novel the portrait of the artist as a young man is one of James Joyce's most read writings and is essentially an autobiography by James Joyce. The central character Stephen Dedalus is representative of the author James Joyce. The book follows the life of Stephen Dedalus up from childhood to adulthood and maturity. Stephen narrates about his life. The narration of the story gives insight into the life of James Joyce alias Stephen Dedalus. From the story, we get to understand of his childhood; the bullying he experienced, his emotional and sexual development and how later in life James experienced a crisis of faith spurred on by a sermon titled hellfire given by father Arnall. Again, Stephen Dedalus can also be found in the other writings of James Joyce, Ulysses. ("The life and works of James Joyce")
The plot and setting again provide meaningful insight into the Ireland at the time and more importantly the nature of Irish politics of the time. At the time of writing The portrait of the artist as a young man, it is worth noting that Irish nationalism was at it peak. The fact that James Joyce experienced a crisis of faith is proof enough that his writings have considerable religious influence more so Catholicism for the simple fact he was born and raised in a catholic family.
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