Although there are many previous scenes in this book that foreshadow Stephen's decision to choose the life of beauty over his strict Catholic upbringing, deep thought and desire should be taken into consideration, while Stephen bends down on one knee to pray with his uncle. (42) Stephen cannot comprehend for what reason his uncle is praying for and disrespects his piety by not having faith in his prayer. This scene has many different interpretations and is very strong in underlying context, while precisely symbolizing Stephen's upcoming rebellion against the church. While this thought of Stephen's is very
complicated and defined, it still maintains an aspect of innocence and curiosity that only a child could be capable of possessing. This is definitely what be an outsider's...
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age what he needs in order to life his life happily, he constantly finds himself in unfavourable dark situations, bringing out the irony of his story in full force, while he struggles to find his spotlight.
Amongst all the unfortunate happenings and wrong decisions Stephen had mad in the past, he is able to find hope when he sees the bird girl (123), while carrying his wreath as a symbol of his dying religion and faith. The beautiful woman on the beach renews Stephen's presence in the world and reinforces his decision he had made in the past, and gives him the consolidation he had been waiting a lifetime for. The series of subtle epiphanies draws out Stephen's life a he finally lets go of the dark burden around his body and transforms himself into an artist for the first time, being reborn into the world through the mirthless beauty of the bird girl's womb.
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