James Joyce

Writing Style

  • There are four main things that Joyce wanted to show in his writing.
  • 1. Joyce wanted his words to sound good and flow to satisfy readers and critics.
  • 2. He intended on capturing reality as exactly as possible.
  • 3. He stretched the possibilities of every style that was considered important in the past.
  • 4. He made characters realistic so that readers could see themselves in the characters and forgive themselves, along with other people.


  • One of Joyce's themes is patriotism. He takes great pride being from Ireland, as shown in many of his settings. Most of his stories take place in Ireland
  • Family- Joyce also makes many people on his stories related to his family members. Characters in his stories can be shown to represent his parents and/or his brother.
  • In one of his most famous works, The Dubliners, he focuses on the themes of the desire to escape, the prison of routine, and the intersection between life and death.
  • In Ulysses, he foucuses on love, sex, memory and the past, time, life, consciousness, existence, morality, religion, and prejudice.

Famous Works


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man



Pomes Penyeach

Finnegans Wake

Finn’s Hotel

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