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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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Male and Female Unmask We Hem

Male and Female Unmask We Hem

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Joyce's Kaleidoscope

Philip Kitcher

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At the very beginning of Part III, there is a sleepy stirring, a dim awareness that this is all a dream. It offers a kaleidoscope of scenes where HCE and ALP appear as young parents, calming the night fears of young children, and as much older. The drawing back of the covers, the unmasking of the marriage bed, reveals the course of the lives of HCE and ALE. They encounter obstacles and have to steer through difficulties. Although they fall in one sense, declining toward death, in another they do not. For they are not driven off course, their “tableau final” is a recognizable development of how they began. At the end, one can shed sympathetic tears for their decline as they approach their deaths. But one can also applaud their power to endure, to continue to delight in their ordinary lives together.

Keywords:   HCE, ALP, wedding, endurance, parents

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