A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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What are the representations of women in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

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Joyce's Portrait has a very unique perspective on women through its protagonist, Stephen Dedalus. In the first chapter, there are only two women encountered in a significant way. These are his mother and Dante, a friend of the family. Dante had been a nun and Stephen's mother is a catholic. From Stephen's point of view, at his young and fragile age, these two women can be compared to the Virgin Mary for the sake of this discussion.

Joyce also describes a character by the name of Eileen Vance who lives next door to him and is Protestant. The second page of...

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