Stephen: The Prodigal Son

“His courtesy of manner rang a little false, and Stephen looked at the English convertwith the same eyes as the elder brother in the parable may have turned on the prodigal.” (Joyce 204) This really struck me because, if you think about it, in a lot of ways Stephen is the Prodigal Son.

Joyce Dictionary: Entry 1

Sin – an offense against religious or moral law*   But for Stephen, it’s extreme.  His sins consume him: “This was the work of devils, to scatter his thoughts and overcloud his conscience, assailing him at the gates of the cowardly and sincorrupted flesh:  and, praying God timidly to forgive him his weakness, he crawled […]

Portrait, Chapter 1

I don’t quite know what to make of this book yet.  There doesn’t seem to be any sort of plot; all of the events are random, and they could probably stand independently.  As for the writing style, most of the sentences are choppy; they don’t flow very well, or they don’t flow at all.  At […]

Kim, Chapters 10-12

So much happened in this section that I can’t even keep track of it all.  But this stuck out to me: “Then you think I had better go?” said Hurree Babu, half rising.  “They are of course, dematerialised phenomena.  Spencer says -“ (Kipling 221) The footnote here says Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), author of The Principles […]

The Monk (pages 192-279)

This section could bee the weirdest – at least it is so far.  It starts out innocently enough, with Raymond resolving to find Agnes and Lorenzo trying to get on Antonia’s good side.  Meanwhile, Ambrosio and Matilda are still at it.  There were two things I found interesting about this.  On page 224, Matilda says, […]