Scholes, Robert; Kain, Richard M. (ed.) / The workshop of Daedalus
Section 3: the poet, pp. 264-282
264Section 3 The Poet STEPHEN AND DAEDALIJS Most readers of A Portrait are doubtless aware that the protagonist's name derives from the Christian St. Stephen and Ovid's Daedalus, but are unfamiliar enough with the details of both Ovid and the New Testament to miss many of the allusive parallels which Joyce has worked into his text. After all, St. Stephen is not only cast out of his city and martyred; before that he was a prophet and a preacher, seeking to revitalize the conscience of his race. And Stephen Dedalus resembles not only the fabulous artificer and his son Icarus but also that too-clever nephew of Daedalus who was pushed off a high tower by his uncle and turned into a lapwing. In Ulysses Stephen's main resemblance is clearly to this third, lapwinged member of the Daedalian trinity. The version of the New Testament used here is not the Catholic Douai version but the King James. Joyce demonstrated his familiarity with the "Protestant" Bible by copying from it the entire Book of Revelations (MS at Cornell). Stephen' And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch; Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the 1. From the New Testament, Acts 6, v—8, iv.
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