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In Joyces novel A portrait of an Artist as a Young Man he weaves the stories of his youth and his growth as a young man to tell us about who he was as an individual and the sort of life he lead Joyce uses many techniques such as stream of consciousness to help us picture his mindset and help his audience feel the emotions he had after the certain situations of his life In the novel Joyce uses the young character Stephen as his protagonistto display the deep emotional turmoil and growth of the youth into the artist that he would become As Stephen becomesdisheartened by the way his life is heading while facing all of the dead-end realities of life he is embarrassed by thefinancial situation of his family The cause of the misfortune and humiliation Stephen feels is traced back to the failureand betrayal of his father Simon Dedalus which is the symbolic failure of Ireland and its leaders to unite as a people andcauses Stephen to leave it behind From the beginning of the novel family plays a central part in his growth symbolizing many different things throughouthis life The first section of the novel sets the stage for the rest of his life Stephen feels he should be the center of hisfamilys universe or the baby tuckoo His family symbolizes the oppression that Stephen encounters throughout his life Apologise pull out his eyes pull out his eyes apologise Joyce 4 Later the reader finds that this symbolizes how his familywill not accept his spontaneous outbursts especially involving the arts Its also important to note that even at this early part of his life Stephen prefers his mother over his father which shows later on in the novel he had a hairy face hismother had a nicer smell than his father Joyce 3 In the first Chapter at Clongowes Stephen feels isolated
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