Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Free Ulysses Essays: Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus :: Joyce Ulysses Essays

buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus of Ulysses    Though I realize that Ulysses is a masterful paradigm of innovative techniques (or so the faculty of the university would fetch wizness believe) - it is the conflicting natures of institutionalise Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus which I find of primary (if non sole) interest.   Dedalus is a disillusioned, Jesuit trained academic with literary aspirations. His academic pursuits have led to a symbolic burning of his wings (his emotional detachment) as he rose to the en liltingenment of the Sun. He tolerates neither the abusive Buck Mulligan nor the condescending Oxonian Haines (the coinhabitants of Martello Tower) and feigns interest in the citizenry of Dublin.   Buck Mulligan is a cynical man of action. He mocks Dedalus beliefs and intellectual prowess. Whereas Dedalus fears piss (perhaps symbolizing baptism) - Mulligan once saved a drowning man. Mulligan plunges into tone while Stephen meekly questions existence an d his place in reality. Mulligan privy ingratiate himself to the peasantry (see the encounter with the unpaid Milk woman) while Dedalus broods on Irish history and appears the elitist.   Stephen has been blinded by the Sun and lives in a unstructured world. His feelings of guilt (primarily concerning his mothers hideous death and the abandonment of his sisters to poverty) coupled with his sense of estrangement necessitates a continuous introspection as recourse. His relentless pursuit of dogmatic truths (a concept dear to the Aristotelian Jesuits) clarifies little and fuels his discontent. As a instructor he is uncaring - oblivious to the inadequacies of his students. As an employee he is held in light regard. You were not born to be a teacher, I think...To learn one must be humble states the schoolmaster, Mr.Deasy (35). His literary views are scorned by his contemporaries and he is not considered a poet of any promise.   Yet Dedalus is a hero of a different ilk. Stephen is a sincere thinker and as such is diametrically opposed to Mulligan - the man of action. He considers the import of his actions and grieves his perceived sins - Mulligan hides in cynicism.

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