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Stephen Dedalus: Religion

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Stephen Dedalus: Religion


        Religion is an important and recurring theme in James Joyce's A Portrait
of the Artist as a Young Man.  Through his experiences with religion, Stephen
Dedalus both matures and progressively becomes more individualistic as he grows.
Though reared in a Catholic school, several key events lead Stephen to throw off
the yoke of conformity and choose his own life, the life of an artist.
        Religion is central to the life of Stephen Dedalus the child. He was
reared in a strict, if not harmonious, Catholic family. The severity of his
parents, trying to raise him to be a good Catholic man, is evidenced by
statements such as,  "Pull out his eyes/ Apologise/ Apologise/ Pull out his
eyes." This strict conformity shapes Stephen's life early in boarding school.
Even as he is following the precepts of his Catholic school, however, a
disillusionment becomes evident in his thoughts. The priests, originally above
criticism or doubt in Stephen's min...

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