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message 2: by Mark (last edited Dec 16, 2019 09:35AM) (new)

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As said before: When Joyce was preparing Ulysses to be finally published in book form he made a couple of changes to the appearance. He chose not to include the so called 'Homeric' chapter titles that he had assigned the individual episodes when he was publishing them, serially, in literary magazines in England and America. In place of the titles he introduced the roman numerals (I,II,III) dividing the text into three distinct sections: chapters, 1-3; 4-15; 16-18. Since then, critics have been comfortable when discussing the structure of Ulysses to divide the twelve 'middle' chapters into four equal groups of three chapter each, and then talk about them as if they had been designed as packages of three somehow inter-related to each other within the group, attempting to realize a model: thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis.

Another reason the pattern of threes is easily accepted is that chapters 4,5,6 (introducing Bloom and Molly) repeat the same three morning hours that already happened in chapters 1,2,3 (introducing Stephen). But the problems that occur in the groups further on strain the credulity of this approach to structuring the novel. For example: after 1,2,3 - 4,5,6 the next three 7,8,9 don't work well together.

So, then of the four groups (4,5,6); (7,8,9); (10,11,12); (13,14,15) only the first one works well. Chapters 7+8 complete the introduction of Bloom, while #9 returns to Stephen, now in the library, and has nothing to do with Bloom at this point. In the next group: 10 does not belong with 11+12: 11,12,13 are three closely related chapters: all incidences with Bloom and Stephen no where around. Likewise, chapter 13 does not belong with Oxen and Circe! Nausicaa is intimately related to Cyclops: two stories where Bloom's ethnic appearance has a strong effect on those around him: in Cyclops he is identified as an alien: different god and unwelcome; while in Nausicaa his dark foreign looks get him identified as mysterious and desirable. There are some additional reasons why Nausicaa belongs with the former rather than the later chapters. The imaginary line between the end of Nausicaa and the beginning of Oxen marks a couple of key relationships: it is the physical middle of the book. the first thirteen chapters are 375 pages and the last five chapters are 375 pages. The story shifts from day time to night. The heroes come together and inter-act. And the style of writing changes dramatically and becomes the most difficult and radical in the book. So with three of the four groupings, of the 12 central chapters, put into groups that we've shown illogical a better diagram of the eighteen chapters, more organized along the lines of the story is desired.

We purpose a plot diagram Further sub-divided (3.5).(2.3).3.2. Where 8 is the introduction, 5 is development, 3 is climax, and 2 the resolution.

message 3: by Mark (last edited Dec 16, 2019 09:18AM) (new)

Mark André | 159 comments Mod
note to self: inventory.

all black - tristan + baby + odette (outside)
black+white - izzy + mittens (upstairs)
brown tabbies - ulysses + junior + mommy + gilberte
orange tabby - ginger/pumpkin (outside)

message 4: by Mark (last edited Sep 24, 2019 10:46AM) (new)

Mark André | 159 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "note to self: inventory.

Seeing Jose Saramago (Portuguese)
Unknown Soldiers Vaino Linna (Finnish)
Indendent People Halldor Laxness (Icelandic)
The Master & Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov (Russian)
The Book of Disquiet Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese)

( Petersburg Andrei Bely (Russian))

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