The Daedalus Myth: Its Role in A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST...
James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of complex themes developed
through frequent allusions to classical mythology. The myth of Daedalus and Icarus serves as a
structuring element in the novel, uniting the central themes of individual rebellion and discovery,
producing a work of literature that illuminates the motivations of an artist, and the development of
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Wells 252): "Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the
reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my
race."(Joyce 247). By keeping his audience in doubt as to whether Stephen is Icarus or Daedalus,
Joyce attains a control that is sustained through the rhythm of the novel’s action, the movements of
its language, and the presiding myth of Daedalus and Icarus (Litz 72).