Analysis Of Stephen 's ' The Play ' Essay

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In order to ground himself in pragmatism, Stephen must establish his whereabouts to situate himself in the vast universe. Since the world is, “very big to think about,” Stephen reverts to placing himself in Ireland, his homeland (Joyce 13). By doing so, he is evoking a logical way of thinking. In youth, Stephen attempts to imitate Byron while writing poetry. However, he gets distracted and begins daydreaming. In his ambition to be creative, he realizes that he has nothing original or significant to write. Instead of creating, he resorts to pragmatism. He chooses simplicity and concreteness over the abstract and obscure.
He saw himself sitting at his table in Bray in the morning after the discussion at the Christmas dinnertable, trying to write a poem about Parnell on the back of one of his father’s second moiety notices. But his brain had then refused to grapple with the theme, and desisting, he had covered the page with the name and addresses of certain of his classmates:
Roderick Kickham
John Lawton
Anthony MacSwiney
Simon Moonan (Joyce 73)
Even in his daydream he is unable to write poetry and because of this he deems himself a failure. Once again, Stephen resorts to names when the task at hand becomes too large to grasp. This occurs again as Stephen is maturing and undergoes a lot of changes during his youth that warp his identity. Not only has Stephen moved from his hometown to Dublin, he also moves to a new school because his family is no longer financially stable.…

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