The Secret of Ulysses: An Analysis of James Joyce's Ulysses

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6. THE CONTENDING POWER GROUPS

The preceding interpretation, presented in dogmatic form without support, seems to be a gratuitous one; in many instances it appears to be unconvincing and forced. What did we gain?

The interpretation shows the deliberate construction in the artistic presentation of the story. We now understand the story. We may view apparently chaotic and meaningless sequences in an orderly, significant context. The story itself tells how Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus overcome their illusions by trial and error; how they gain correct understanding of themselves; how they undergo the sequence of deaths and rebirths; how they experience transfigurations occurring in their environment, and finally how they gain those riches of life they have been yearning for.

The story might be written by an artist who, by way of imaginary inventiveness, created a world of his own, and who placed in it his two fictitious characters. Subjected to conflicts which are the existential conflicts of mankind, they try to solve them in an adventurous Odyssey. Let us accept our preceding interpretation tentatively, and leave commitments to further investigation.

Let us speak about that other world as the sphere of dreams. While we were interpreting the story we assumed a specific order implied in that sphere; we believe that dream-figures belonging to the sphere of dreams function in specific modes and have meanings. The following table illustrates this order. Its construction is self-explanatory.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • List of Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1. the Secret 1
  • 2. the Intent 4
  • I - The Interpretation 7
  • 3. the Action 9
  • 4. the Continuity of the Story 13
  • 5. Episode 15 24
  • 6. the Contending Power Groups 55
  • 7. the Lex Eterna 61
  • 8. the Other Dimension 73
  • II- The Code with Joyce 83
  • 9. the Riddles 86
  • 10. Cette Fichue Position 94
  • 11- the Eternal Parents Misjudged As Unfaithful 98
  • 12. the Unfaithfulness of Man 104
  • 13. the Riches of Life 110
  • 14. the Manifestation of God 115
  • III- The Aesthetic Form Of Ulysses 123
  • 15. the Artistic Intent 125
  • 16- the Aesthetic Media: The First Framework 128
  • 17. the Hidden Plot 129
  • 18- Deflections from the Hidden Plot To the Aesthetic Media 132
  • 19. the Changing Viewpoints 136
  • IV- Existence for Joyce 139
  • 20. Fiction or Discovery? 141
  • 21- Bona Fide Dream-Reports And Secondary Thought Elaborations 143
  • 22- Psycho Therapeutics -- the Way Of Atonement 167
  • 23. Guilt -- Infantile and Existential 176
  • 24. Man's Status in Existence 184
  • Index 189
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