Form fits content in A Portrait of the artist as a young man Public Deposited

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  • In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce used the form or structure of his language to connote a meaning which supported the content of the text. The elements of form he used most often were sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, rhythm, and classical rhetorical schemes. By manipulating these, he gained three benefits: he supplied an emotional appeal to the content, he represented his epistemological beliefs in his language, and he gave elegance to his prose. Background research reveals the influences that led to Joyce using form to support content. They include his Jesuit education, his own predisposition to the connotative aspects of language, and his literary work previous to Portrait. The examination of the text of Portrait exhibits the particular ways Joyce used the elements of form to fit content. Several of the highly emotional episodes of the story, the most likely to contain form-fitting-content examples, are examined in detail. Attention is given to rhetorical schemes of repetition because it is through these schemes that emotional pitch is adjusted in the story. Joyce's innovative use of syntactical structures to fit content, and his application of such poetic forms as rhythm and meter to simulate physical action are discussed. An examination of the end of the book, a section where rhetorical schemes and structural manipulation seems to disappear, shows how the apparent lack of connotative elements is appropriate to making a new form fit a new content. The use of form to support content in Portrait was an artistic commitment which Joyce began in Portrait. He would continue and intensify his commitment in all of his writing after Portrait. How Joyce wrote would always thereafter be determined by what he wrote about.
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