James Joyce World Literature Analysis - Essay

James Joyce World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Joyce is a master of style, and readers can find a different one for each of his major works. In Dubliners, he adopts a narrow and (for Joyce) conventional realistic approach. In addition, each story is told in the style of the protagonist; the narrator does not impose a style. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, however, uses a much richer and more romantic style, since it is told through the consciousness of an emerging artist. Stephen Dedalus meditates on words and finds that he is attracted not by their meaning but by their sound and rhythm. In such scenes as Stephen discovering his vocation upon the beach and his declaration of his artistic purpose, the style is raised to a very lofty plane. When Stephen...

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