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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Stephen Problematized! A Study of the Curves and Colours of Irony in Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Mr. Tanmay Chatterjee, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
Stephen Dedalus is the mirror of consciousness in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. All the other characters in the novel are perceived in terms of Stephen’s perception and relation to them. But how to perceive Stephen’s own character? According to many critics, Stephen’s character is treated with a degree of irony in A Portrait. There are certain sections and episodes in the novel which, indeed, suggest that Joyce may have intended or implied deliberate irony in his portrayal of ‘the artist as a young man.’ It seems that irony, the most pervasive technique of Joyce’s oeuvre, does not spare even Stephen, the character created in the image of his author. The present paper intends to explore the character of Stephen Dedalus in a new light and expose the latent ironies in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Keywords
Irony; Character; Perception; Stephen Dedalus; James Joyce; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
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