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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce Imagery and Symbolism are vital in the effect the novel has on the reader In the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce the author uses the tools of imagery and symbolism to give the reader a better understanding of the authors emotions and ideas that are portrayed through rudimentary symbols that have significant meanings Such symbols include the use of characters colors water birds and Stephens last name Dedalus James Joyces utilization of different characters in the novel introduces the various themes of the story In the beginning chapters the religious director Father Arnell is being apparently depicted as a high figured man but in reality he looks deceptive and perceptive Other characters are Stephens father Simon Dedalus Dante and the rest of the Dedalus family and household are understood to be symbolizing anarchy confusion and disorder Later we read that Stephen struggles with his family and parents who are the sole hindrance of his freedom and pursuance of his goals and talents Joyce also uses the name of Dedalus whish he obtains from the mythical Greek Daedalus Similar to Daedalus Stephen is convinced that he must escape containment from his family country and faith in order to discover his true artistic talents Feeling guilty from the retreat he attends he finds himself leading a pious life of piety and limitations He attends and observe all occasions of fasting and is cautious of every simple move he makes even when he goes to bed He is determined to surround himself in such a restrictive atmosphere in which he is imprisoning himself But later
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