They Wrote What??? Bloomsday Edition part 3
I couldn't post this in its entirety. The dirty parts are in parts 1 and 2. Below are my final thoughts. Spoilers ahead.
These quotes emphasize a few of the many reasons this book had been banned and considered "pornography" during the 1920's. Molly Bloom, like the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales, is a strong and complex character whose thoughts run through various emotions, from irreverence and sarcasm to love and hope, mostly directed towards her husband. In the end, Leopold and Molly become tragic figures who seek reconciliation using Stephen Dedalus as a catalyst. The novel ends with her breathless reminiscence of Leopold's proposal from "under the Moorish wall" overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.*
Art ultimately wins out over censorship, but keep this in mind: the shock value of certain works does not live on--the power of their words and imagery have a greater meaning in a greater context. We should also remember the words of poet Joseph Brodsky, "“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
*Those who have seen the movie, Back to School, will know that she said, "Yes."
Excerpts from both part 1 and 2 used for educational purposes and is covered under Fair Use.
Joyce, James. "Ulysses". New York: Vintage International; 1990, Print.
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