Telemachus 0024

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In the top three pictures, Stephen looks out to sea while Mulligan goes down the stairs, reciting  a Yeats poem.  In the bottom two frames, a voice–presumably inside Stephen’s head, mashes together the poem and his perception of the sea.  It’s another example of the “Uncle Charles Principle,” where a voice that is ostensibly the narrator’s takes on the personality and knowledge of an individual character.

Also important to note that if we are inside Stephen’s head here, at least partly, that Stephen is beginning to work on a poem. His mind has left the conflict with Mulligan and has begun to shape, to try to capture in words, a visual impression.

The reference to “lightshod hurrying feet” sounds like a reference to the god Mercury, who, in the Odyssey, is described several times as running over the surface of the ocean with his winged sandals, on his way to deliver messages to mortals.


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3 thoughts on “Telemachus 0024

    • Sorry for the slow response, Stevie. Wanted to give others a chance to chime in first. I think that in this case – and I say this not to blatantly disagree with you, but rather to promote further discussion – I think that in this case the reference is to Hermes. This would be the point in the Odyssey at which Hermes visits Telemachus. That said, I would love to hear more about your Athena theory…

  1. I think that Hermes is a more likely choice than Mercury. Mercury was Roman. Unless there is some connection with Rome through Loyola and the Jesuits, I believe the “Hellenistic” references point to a Greek origin.

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