English novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel written by James Joyce. It was first publish in 29 December 1916 , It is the first novel of the writer James Joyce. Written by modernist style. The same novel theme is use in Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). The novel tell the story of Stephen Dedalus life and his first twenty year. He is a young young Catholic boy living in Ireland in time period of 19th century. Boy want to become a artist. He run from school and in “chapter one” he enter in the Belvedere College. Where he take interest in studies and become a intelliegnt student. In “part two” The first prostitute is not the last. He start poetry and went to university where his teacher and classmate treat him as a rising poet.
The Modern Library listed this novel in the third number of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century in 1998.
Stephen Dedalus: The main character of the novel he is an artist. The book follow his life study and poetry career.
Simon Dedalus: He is father of Stephen Dedalus, He support His son in his passion.
Mrs. Dedalus: She is mother of Stephen Dedalus , She is a house wife.
Uncle Charles: He is living with Dedalus family, He support the family.
Father Arnall: He is priest and teacher at Clongowes.
Cranly: She is friend of Stephen Dedalus in university She discuss Stephen about religion.
Eileen Vance: A girl is friends with as a young boy.
Temple: Another student at university
[ Adaptations ]
In 1977 novel is adapted in a film directed by Joseph Strick and screen play is Judith Rascoe.