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-James Joyce

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Regarded as one of the best modernist novels. Modern Library ranked it first on the list of 100 best English language novels. A series of parallels between characters and events in Homer's poem, Odyssey and Joyce's novel, Ulysses. Relationship between Father and son in Ulysses is also inspired from Homers Odyssey.

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Was born in Dublin in 1882. In Trieste he finished his first important works: Dubliners and A portrait of the artist as a young man(1916). At the outbreak of World War I, the Joyce left for Zurich, where he started working on his masterpiece, Ulysses. He wrote his last great novel, Finnegans Wake in 1920. He died in 1941 in Zurich.

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The story happens between June 16-17 1902, in Dublin and its suburbs. This book divided into 3 sections and 18 chapters. Section 1 has 3 chapters which focuses on a prospective writer Stephen, who returns from Paris and his defensive attitude towards Dublin. Author describes him as pessimistic in realizing his dream to become an published author

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Section 2 takes majority of the book with 12 chapters. This section focuses on Leopold Bloom, a Jewish advertising representative. Joyce describes in detail both Dublin and Bloom, how Bloom thinks about his wife Molly and other women. Section 3 is the last section with 3 chapters in it. This section throws light on Dedalus, Bloom and Molly. Bloom and Dedalus meet each other. Dedalus goes to Bloom's home and talks with him for several hours. The novel ends with a chapter on Molly.

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An aspiring poet in his early twenties. Stephen is intelligent and well-read, and he likes music. He seems to exist more for himself, than as a member of a community or even the group of medical students that he associates with. Stephen was extremely religious as a child, but now he struggles with issues of faith and doubt in the wake of his mothers death, which occurred less than a year ago

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A thirty-eight-year-old advertising canvasser in Dublin. Bloom was raised in Dublin by his Hungarian Jewish father, Rudolph, and his Irish Catholic mother, Ellen. He enjoys reading and thinking about science and inventions and explaining his knowledge to others. Bloom is compassionate and curious and loves music. He is preoccupied by his estrangement from his wife, Molly.

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Leopold Blooms wife. Molly Bloom is thirty-three years old, plump with dark coloring, good-looking, and flirtatious. She is not well-educated, but she is nevertheless clever and opinionated. She is a professional singer, raised by her Irish father, Major Brian Tweedy, in Gibraltar. Molly is impatient with Bloom, especially about his refusal to be intimate with her since the death of their son, Rudy, eleven years ago.

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Shifting of the narrator and of the point of view


Stream of consciousness: the reader is put inside a character's mind to reveal perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. The best example is Mollys monologue which has no references to external events but only the flow of her thoughts.

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I was thinking of so many things he didn't know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain Groves and the sailors playing all birds fly, (...)0h that awful deepdown torrent 0 and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the glorious sunsets and the fig trees in the Alameda gardens yes and all the queer little streets and pink and blue and yellow houses and the rose gardens and the jessamine and geraniums and cactuses and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain

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yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes

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The Quest for Paternity The remorse of Conscience Multiple Perspectives

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_(novel) http://www.online-literature.com/james_joyce/ulysses/ http://www.bookrags.com/Ulysses_(novel)

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