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Doubleness, disruption and disorder - conflicts in the creative process of a craftsman in A portrait of the artist as a young man
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man the protagonist, Stephen Dedalus battles against the confining nets of British colonialism in Ireland that prevent people's mental growth. A Portrait explores elements of doubleness built by constant conflicts in the constituent trinity of country, language and religion. The conflicts construct a maze for the protagonist since he seems unaware of their potential to develop his creative process. My aim is mainly to explore Joyce's use of doubleness disruption and disorder as elements of antagonism in A Portrait. This is reflected upon in the light of the protagonist's relation women and his family. My objective is also to investigate double-edged components in the structure, language and in the protagonist's artistic vocation. I also aim at approaching the parallel between the protagonist and the mythical artificer Dedalus since the mythological image functions as an integral to the symbolic structure of the novel and the illustration of the protagonist's flight to attain artistic liberty. In my opinion, the novel suggests that Dedalus is reflected in Stephen as the one who devised a way to escape his maze. When Stephen becomes aware of his artistic vocation he flies by the nets of his father's stories that both traps and releases him and this is where the core of doubleness lies.

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2003. , 19 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53742Local ID: ENG C-16OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53742DiVA: diva2:1102302
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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