Stephen Dedalus and the Beast Motif in Joyce's Ulysses

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This study is an examination of the beast motif associated with Stephen Dedalus in Joyce's Ulysses. The motif has its origins in Joyce's earlier novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In Ulysses the beast motif is related to Stephen's feelings of guilt and remorse over his mother's death and includes characterizations of Stephen as a fox, a dog, a rat, and a vampire. The motif consistently carries a negative connotation. Several literary sources for the imagery of the beast motif are apparent in Ulysses, including two plays by John Webster, a poem by Matthew Prior, medieval ... continued below

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Tappan, Dorothy C. (Dorothy Cannon) December 1983.

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This study is an examination of the beast motif associated with Stephen Dedalus in Joyce's Ulysses. The motif has its origins in Joyce's earlier novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In Ulysses the beast motif is related to Stephen's feelings of guilt and remorse over his mother's death and includes characterizations of Stephen as a fox, a dog, a rat, and a vampire. The motif consistently carries a negative connotation. Several literary sources for the imagery of the beast motif are apparent in Ulysses, including two plays by John Webster, a poem by Matthew Prior, medieval bestiaries, and a traditional Irish folk riddle. The study of the continuity of the beast motif in Ulysses helps to explain the complex characterization of Stephen Dedalus.

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Tappan, Dorothy C. (Dorothy Cannon). Stephen Dedalus and the Beast Motif in Joyce's Ulysses, thesis, December 1983; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc504088/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .