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The artistís development in the life of a national language. Stephen experiences the many voices of Ireland as well as those of the canonical writers of his education. Out of all these voices emerges Stephenís aesthetic theory and his desire to find his own manner of expression.
The constraints of social conventions on the artist and his struggle to keep himself free of them.
The mood of this novel is reflective. Most of the narration is of Stephenís thoughts as he remembers significant conversations and events.