Discuss this proposition with specific references to crisis eposides in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. "The religious crises that play such a central role in the novel lead Stephen toward his conception of himself as a priest or redeemer of the secular world and the race."
As the end of Chapter 3 makes clear, Stephen Dedalus experiences an epiphany that leads him to believe that he will dedicate the rest of his life to religion. Ironically, in spite of his initial fervour, he becomes disenchanted with the idea when pressed to think about whether he wants to join the priesthood or not. However, as the above statement indicates, his final decision to become an artist has definite overtones of the priestly task about it. Note how this is referenced through the following quote in Chapter 5 which comes as Stephen speaks to the dean of...
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