A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. At the beginning of the novel, what does Stephen remember?

He remembers a song that was often sung to him; what happens to the bed sheets when he wets them; the smell of his mother and father; his mother's piano playing; his Uncle Charles, Dante, the Vances and their daughter Eileen, whom our protagonist declares he shall marry someday.

2. What is Stephen's impression of Clongowes Wood College?

It is a place where he pretends to make runs on the chilly rugby field, but his mind is far away, reviewing warm scenes and smells to be found at home. School is a place rife with competition, bullying, rude language, confusing lessons, and confusing jokes.

3. What is the extent of Stephen's knowledge of Parnell?

He remembers Dante telling him Parnell was a bad man: he knows that Parnell has something to do with politics, and that politics involves two sides.

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