The beginning chapters are the family members explaining their point of view of things. We learn from Cora that the family might work on a farm, and they are struggling to afford chickens. The reader does not now what time period or even state this is taking place in yet.. Even each chapter is short in sweet… Leaves the reader wondering.
notes: mysterious, family problems, whose dying yet ?
“The Vances lived in number seven. They had a different father and mother. They were Eileen’s father and mother.” — Joyce, James, and Peter Harness. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. London: Collector’s Library, 2005. Print. (8)
“All the boys seemed to him very strange. They had all fathers and mothers and different clothes and voices. He longed to be at home and lay his head on his mother’s lap.” (13)
“He tried to think of Well’s mother but he did not dare to raise his eyes to Well’s face. He did not like Well’s face.” (15)
“Stephen Dedalus/Class of Elements/ Clongrowes Wood College/ Sallins/ County Kildare/ Ireland/ Europe/ The World/ The Universe” (17)
“It was very big to think about everything and everywhere. Only God could do that.” (17)
Notes: family, relativity, isolation, Stephen determining his place in the world, unknown = foreign = scary, family = familiarity = comfort, proximity, fear of the unknown, relationship to others