A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Chapter 3 Summary and Analysis

James Joyce

Chapter 3 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Ennis: a classmate of Stephen’s at Belvedere

Old Woman: in the street, who directs Stephen to the chapel

Priest: at the Church Street chapel where Stephen confesses

Summary
Stephen has now made a habit of visiting brothels. In school, he is bored and uninspired, and the narrative details the wanderings of his mind while he sits in class. He is not plagued by guilt for his sins, but rather feels a “cold lucid indifference.” He feels that he is beyond salvation, and can do nothing to control his lust. He has begun to despise his fellow students, in part because of what he sees as an empty and hypocritical piety on their part. He serves as prefecture...

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