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MonkeyNotes-Ulysses by James Joyce
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PLOT (Structure)

The first 5 chapters of the novel form the exposition. By giving the necessary Background Information about Stephen and Bloom, these chapters prepare us for the encounter between Stephen and Bloom, the protagonist of the novel. In the hunt of Stephen for a father figure, Joyce found a symbol for manís search for social support and for the artistís search for maturity and humanity.

In Chapter VI during Paddy Dignamís funeral among the passers-by Bloom sees Stephen. He talks to his father Simon who manages to get a glimpse of his son. Bloom, noting Dedalusí concern for his son, remembers his dead son Rudy. Here we have the rise in the action of the plot. In the hunt of Bloom for a son figure, Joyce found a symbol for Bloomís quest for life force and creativity. The scenes in the maternity hospital mark the climax of the story. The outcome is seen in the actual meeting between Bloom, the spiritual father and Stephen, his spiritual son. They immediately find in common an aversion to the ribald disrespect shown by their companions.


In Chapter XV after the brothel scene, there is a fall in the novelís action. The novel reaches its anti-climax, when Corny Kelleher the undertaker arrives in time during a quarrel between the drunken Stephen and the soldiers and averts Stephenís arrest. Bloom tries to protect Stephen who drops to the ground.

Resolution is reached when Bloom takes Stephen to his house in 7, Eccles Street at the end of the novel. Stephen and Bloom are really of one flesh. Stephen has lost a father, for Simon Dedalus is a lost soul. As for Bloom he has lost his only son Rudy. The outcome of the plot is comic, since the reunion between Bloom and Molly and a spiritual union between Bloom and Stephen become possible.

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