Chapter 1* Opening of the novel reveals some background in stream of consciousness prose. * The story moves to Clongowes Wood College where Stephen comes across as rather weak and intimidated. * Stephen is bullied by a boy named Wells who shoves him into a ditch making him become ill. * Stephen's time in the infirmary allows for his imagination to run wild. * The historical figure of Parnell is used as a background for Irish nationalism. * Christmas vacation presents the Dedalus family as well to do at this time. * Conversation at the table among the adults further emphasizes the theme of Irish nationalism. * The theme of devout Catholicism also comes out in the heated conversations at the table. * Back at Clongowes Wood College, five boys have run away which becomes a great topic of conversation. * The theme of sin and punishment is introduced by the gossip and ultimate return of the runaway...
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