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Sin in Literary Modernism

I’m reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man for my senior seminar class right now and I’m trying so hard to relate it to the other things we’ve read so far.

The main character, Stephen, has a strange way of looking at things despite being so young (sixteen and younger in the novel, as it follows him growing up).

I’m trying to connect his thought processes to protagonists of other stories we’ve read, and so far I’m not having any luck with the exception of Gabriel from The Dead. I doubt that’s enough for the entire twenty page paper.

Gabriel looks at his wife as if she’s an art project, thinking he’ll get sex with her shortly afterward, only to realize that she has a dark secret. He doesn’t get sex.

Stephen Daedalus, on the other hand, does get sex at the expense of his sanity, as he sleeps with a prostitute. I guess I can talk about sin in the paper, a broad enough topic that it can span many different stories.

I was originally planning on talking about communication, but I don’t feel that that will yield enough content for the entire project. So there we go. Sin and lust are closely connected in these two stories. If I can take that thread and run with it, who knows where it’ll take me?

I love writing, but selecting a topic broad enough to produce enough content can be a tricky ballpark. But I’m glad I did this. It’s definitely gotten me started on what I want to do, and I feel it’s an important topic to discuss, given the time period I’m covering.

I just need to sort out my thoughts and make sure I have a ton of sources to back up my claims! This should be fun!

Anyway, this post was more for me than the blog itself, but I hope you enjoyed my rambling.

By Amber Rizzi

I am a literature geek working toward my Bachelor's in English with a concentration in writing. I love to read, and I'm always itching to write, especially creatively. I started "The Writer's Library" about three years ago, previously working with a Blogger platform before moving over to Wordpress. While I mainly post reviews of books, occasionally I will go ahead and review works in other media forms as well, such as music and certain television shows. No matter what I'm doing on here, I love to share with anyone who is willing to listen, and I'm excited to finally be on Wordpress!