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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Religion as Repression Like his protagonist James Joyce was an Irish Catholic He was also sent to Clongowes Wood College to board and study as a young boy In effect the story is in part an autobiography of Joyces own life up to the age of twenty or so Kershner 6 In his essay A Portrait as Rebellion Norman Holland states Because of Portraits peculiar combination of novel and autobiography I feel called upon to see Joyces schoolfellows in two ways at once They are characters in a novel bigger than life and they are real people like me and my school and college pals 280 The Catholic religion is a significant and recurring theme in James Joyces A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Though brought up in the church several major events lead Stephen to defy the lessons of his Catholic school education and choose a life of his own the life of an artist Through his experiences with religion Stephen Dedalus both matures and gradually discovers an identity of his own As a young boy religion is crucial to Stephens life Stephen was reared in a strict Catholic family The demand for compliance placed on Stephen shapes his life early at Clongowes a preparatory school run by the Jesuit order Even as he is adhering to the principles of his Catholic school upbringing he becomes increasingly disillusioned Even though Joyce spoke warmly of his own experiences at Clongowes he portrays a different almost opposite experience for Stephen Kershner 4 Formerly above reproach or distrust the priests become symbols of narrow-mindedness and repression in Stephens mind Father Dolan in particular whose abusive and humiliating statements along with the frequent floggings personifies the sort of demeanor Stephen begins to associate with his Catholic teachers Joyce himself admits that he was punished at Clongowes however for indiscretions that justly deserved punishment
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