Joyce uses Aristotle’s five chapter structure as a base for his Portrait of and Artist as a Young Man, because as you read through the story you intensify as a reader as the character intensifies in the story. It allows you to reach the climax in the story with the characters and then it allows you to get a psychological release as a reader and you are able to feel the characters emotions rise and fall as they do in the story. It allows you to feel pity and pain for the character as if you were experiencing there pain and tragedy.
“Joyce's novel traces the intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions in which he has been raised. He finally leaves for abroad to pursue his calling as an artist”(Wikipedia, 2010, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” para. 1).
“A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” tells the story of Stephen Dedalus, a boy growing up in Ireland. The story starts off with Stephen’s father telling him stories of a moo cow and quickly moves on to Stephen leaving home and being sent away to a very prestigious Catholic school called Clonglowes Wood College. As a young boy the Catholic Church heavily influences him and his way of thinking. Clonglowes Wood College is a very strict and religious boarding school. At first, Stephen is lonely and homesick and wishes to leave the school and return to his family, but he soon makes friends with the boys there and adapts fairly well. When Stephen returns home for Christmas dinner the family tensions run high during an argument over the family's Christmas dinner about politics and religion.
Stephen’s father cannot afford to send him back to Clongowes Wood College, and Stephen learns that they will instead move to Dublin and he then starts attending a prestigious day school called Belvedere, where he has an incident where he breaks his...