Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Epiphany in "The Portrait of an Artist"?


Joyce's use of epiphany

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Stephen Dedalus' epiphanies in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man illustrate and emphasize the dynamic transformation of a youth in a bildungsroman. Continuing education serves as a basis for all people; it establishes the way they think, describe, and view life. This education helps individuals overcome the tumult of life's many problems, as it helped Stephen to understand his place in the world and his capabilities. Religion works as a supplement to education, teaching individuals morals and providing reasons for living. However, religion also tends to constrain the individual, as it bound Stephen's creativity with guilt and fear. In the true nature of survival and in embracing the true nature of his hawk-like name, Stephen Dedalus flew from his cage of ignorance, confusion, and trepidation into the open skies of his own creation.

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