Transformation of a Young Irishman

Acar, Erk Hasan Ali (2016) Transformation of a Young Irishman. Other thesis, TED Ankara Koleji.

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James Joyce’s novel “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” tells the story of a young Irish boy in the early 20th century. The protagonist goes through a huge transformation as he faces the issues present in the society of Ireland at the time. James Joyce also experienced a childhood in that time in Ireland and had a relatively similar life. Therefore, I have aimed to answer the following research question in my extended essay: “How do the social and cultural changes in the early 20th century Ireland relate the protagonist’s transformation to the author’s life in James Joyce’s novel “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man”?” I will be investigating this question under the topics of religion, education, social statuses, unionism and nationalism. The protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, and James Joyce, despite being born into a country under religious influence and having received religious education, decided to steer clear of religious practices. Even though they were parts of nationalist households and were surrounded by unionists at school, they chose to support neither side. They both had the economic status of lower middle class and felt the discrimination done towards them at school because of it. They both received high class education and were successful at it. These conditions they faced shows that the issues present in Ireland at that time affected their transformations greatly and in almost identical manner. The conclusion I have reached was that the social and cultural changes in early 20th century affected both Stephen Dedalus and James Joyce’s transformations in the same manner, making Stephen’s conflicts, in a way, reflections of the transformation of James Joyce in his youth. In the end, these changes in Ireland made them gain unique perspectives towards issues such as religion, economic statuses, education and nationalism.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 06:43
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 06:43

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