Styles of James Joyce
I will be discussing the styles of James Joyce and how his life
experiences, his surroundings, and himself affected his writings this area.
James Joyce is an extremely versatile author. He has written books
that were entire collections of short stories such as Dubliners and long novels
such as Ulysses. Much of Joyce's life contributed to his writings and he has
been influence by many people and events. Joyce grew up in Ireland and
then moved to England where he began his writing. He wrote for England but
was Irish at heart and this will be shown in his writings.
Many things influenced Joyce's writings, from other authors, to his life
experiences. Joyce used other books as a platform for his own books. A
major example of this is Joyce's book Ulysses, which he based almost
entirely off of Homer's Odyssey (Garvin 15). Joyce was fascinated with
Homer's Odyssey and based several of his books on it other then Ulysses.
Not even so much basing his books off of the Odyssey but also restating
many of the events shown and ideas expressed in his books. Joyce
researched the Odyssey thoroughly and analyzing everything done by Homer,
and used it to build Ulysses. Joyce saw the Odyssey as the solution to many
of his problems in his life. The Odyssey was the foundation of Ulysses and a
lot of the views that were expressed in the Odyssey were expressed again in
Ulysses. Joyce wanted to show people of his time what was going on and
what should be done and he felt this was shown well in the Odyssey. The two
books were so alike that even most of the chapters in the Odyssey
correspond with the episodes in Ulysses in almost exact chronological order
(Ellmann 115). The only difference is that the Odyssey has twenty-four
chapters while Ulysses has eighteen...