Stephen’s name is an allusion to Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Stephen Dedalus, like Saint Stephen, has conflicts with the established religion. The Divine Comedy is also echoed in the name Stephen gives his aunt – Dante. Dante is so-called because of the way ‘The Auntie’ sounds with her Cork accent. The epigraph is from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes (“And he sets his mind to unknown arts”).

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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