Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel describes the life of Stephen Daedalus, a young man growing up in the early 1900s Dublin. He deals with the perils of having nothing in common with kids at school and the Catholic-Protestant tension of Ireland.

Of all the characters in literature, I can relate to Stephen Daedalus the most. Perhaps that is why I chose a female spin on the title as the name of my blog. With different religious and political views from the family and peers with whom he grew up, and with the strong desire to express himself in writing, Stephen Daedalus experiences anger at his country, his environment, and his culture, but he learns that he does not have to be angry; happiness and contentment are all in the mind-set.

Peace, Aimee

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