|The Myth of Deadalus and Icarus
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|Author:||Suzanne [ Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:18 pm ]|
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I have read that Joyce used the myth of Deadalus and Icarus while writing, "Portrait of and Artist as a Young Man". The theme of "labyrinth" is important in "Portrait". Stephen is trapped in his own labyrinth of religion, education and social morals.
I had no idea that Stephen Deadalus, or Dedalus, was such an important character for Joyce. I have never read, "Ulysses", but I am curious to read how he characterizes the Stephen from that novel and compare it to the Stephen from, "Portrait".
Here is link to the Deadalus and Icarus myth:
|Author:||geo [ Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:29 am ]|
|Post subject:||Re: The Myth of Deadalus and Icarus|
Thanks for that link, Suzanne. You do get the idea that Joyce is operating on a higher plane than us regular mortals. I love the idea that some of Joyce's themes are based on Greek mythology.
Young Stephen Dedalus does seem conflicted with some of the religious notions of this time period. At school, when he hears about the theft and vandalism of the rector's room, he is at first appalled, but later as he thinks about it, he's a bit in awe of the deed. Joyce is great at fleshing out the protagonist's inner thoughts.
then . . .
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