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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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Joyce's Kaleidoscope

Philip Kitcher

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The dream story in which HCE collapses in the bar and is assisted to bed is interrupted by a sequence of dream episodes ostensibly focused on his son Shaun, the son whom we will see asleep upstairs in the inn, the favored one. Like ALP, generous in her forgiveness and forbearance in the closing pages, HCE has his own style of generosity, and it is on display here. He comes as tolerant and large-hearted, ready to include those who make some sort of effort, dismally unsuccessful though it may be. At this point, his marriage and his love for ALP are central to his conception of what his life is and means. Like Leopold Bloom, however, HCE is an outsider—not only in his own account of the wooing of ALP but also in those given elsewhere in the Wake.

Keywords:   Shaun, HCE, Leopold Bloom, marriage, forgiveness

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