Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Portrait of the Artist -- Chapter 3

If you have further thoughts about chapter 3 of James Joyce's A Potrait of the Artist as a Young Man, please post them here.


Blogger Emily M said...

My passage is on page 120:
"His soul sank back deeper into depths of contrite peace, no longer able to suffer the pain of dread...Ah yes, he would still be spared; he should repent in his heart and be forgiven; and then those above, those in heaven, would see what he would do to make up for the past: a whole life, every hour of life. Only wait."

This is Stephen's moment of realization-- that his sins could cost him a trip to hell and eternal damnation. This is also where Stephen makes a pact with himself and with God-- he will repent and do good unto others to make his soul pure again. Stephen has come to terms with his past, and knows that he must do something about it. From this point on in the novel, we get to see if Stephen will hold true to this statement: Will he become good again, or will his sins catch up to him in the end?

Another passage that I really liked (for no particular reason) is on page 115:
"The blood seethes and boils in the veins, the brains are boiling in the skull, the heart in the breast glowing and bursting, the bowels a redhot mass of burning pulp, the tender eyes flaming like molten balls."

I mostly like the 'burning pulp' and 'molten balls' references. Great descriptive language!

Thu Feb 01, 10:33:00 PM 2007  

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