The relationship between the city of Dublin and Stephen in "A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man" is that of a teenager, and a city, coming of age in a new world where the boy's country was fighting for independence for Ireland in all its counties. Having been educated by his Roman Catholic country and its religion, the youth decides to leave it for Europe in order to become an artist. So the book is about separtion and attachment to place as well. The book spans from pre-school to manhood and shows the way the city and the country treated the boy and his peers harshly and so readers can identify with his urge to get away. It was a ground breaking and modern piece of writing which shocked many in Dublin.