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Dantes The Hermaphroditic Joyce One of the most powerful nuances of any writing is the dialogue within the story In literature it is all too often that characters live only in the jaded voice of the author and never truly develop as their own or are not strongly opinionated in a manner which contrasts the opinions of the writer It is also unfortunately true that the women depicted in most male-authored literature do not often sound realistic or how most women one would speak to in the course of the day tend to sound All too often women are depicted on a lower level of speech than men For instance Dickens and Arthur Miller both apparently subscribed to this notion as the women in their stories were usually more passive and not as elaborate as men in their speech however James Joyce did not see things in the same light The most developed female character in Joyces A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is one who speaks with dignity passion and the female tact which is all too often ignored in the ch aracters of women Joyces Dante Riordans words and thoughts are true to those of literate twentieth century women Although a short-lived character in Portrait Dante Riordan in a brief amount of time emits an apparently important and mysterious aura the aura of a woman Judging from the studies of twentieth century linguists Joyces brief representation of Dante through speech is nearly flawless To more lucidly understand this one must carefully examine some of the instances at which Dante speaks in her conversation with Mr and Mrs Dedalus Charles and Mr Casey and re-examine the arguments she makes Dante is introduced into the dinner table conversation as a silent character However when the mens conversation turns to the misuse of the preachers pulpit Dante begins her interjections All too often
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