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Joyce's KaleidoscopeAn Invitation to Finnegans Wake$
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Philip Kitcher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195321029

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321029.001.0001

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Everybody Heard their Plaint

Everybody Heard their Plaint

(p.98) 10 Everybody Heard their Plaint
Joyce's Kaleidoscope

Philip Kitcher

Oxford University Press

The main issue that arises with I-2 centers on understanding the significance of what appears to be a grotesque and senseless story; I-3 poses the challenge of discerning some order in a sequence of rapidly shifting scenarios where there is constant confusion of identity. The next chapter, I-4, introduces a new collection of difficulties. Its individual episodes are less dense than those of its predecessor, but the order and connection of them is, at first sight, baffling. ALP represents both a potential object for HCE's devotion and an embodiment of an attitude that he can bring to her and to their marriage. A major work of that chapter has been to bring her persona and her voice clearly into the dream sequence of the Wake; much of the rest of the book is devoted to making it stronger, clearer, and firmer.

Keywords:   Shem, Shaun, ALP, scenarios, confusion of identity

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