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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man begins with the reader being taken through Stephens developing life and his conscious thought The reader is tossed around inside Stephens head and we learn about the character from the inside Although I find the stream of consciousness an interesting way to explore Stephen as a character I believe it makes the book difficult to comprehend As we are lead through Stephens experiences at school I sympathize with the various situations that he encounters Stephens character is easy to relate to because as children we all experience some of the same challenges that he faced We learn that Stephen is a very sensitive young man and he prefers to contemplate and intellectualize interactions with his classmates rather than play sports Stephen is a very good student and he seems to get along withall of his schoolmates except for Wells the bully Even though Wells pushedhim into a filthy ditch and taunts him about kissing his mother Stephenminds his father and does not tattle on him Through this action we learn of Stephens pride and courage As we follow Stephens journey through childhood we learn about hislove for beautiful things He contemplates his place in this world and the enormity of God Stephen was upset with himself for not knowing more about politics and where the universe ended He felt small and weak I think that Stephen was a sad and lonely young man for examining such complex and lofty topics at such a young age I relate to Stephen being homesick and the feeling of not fitting in with my peers I also count the days until I will see my family on holidays Through Joyces imagery we explore Stephens most basic senses like sound smell touch and sight Stephen is fascinated with the sounds he discovers when opening closing the flaps of his ears Stephen contemplates words that sound
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