In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and while still a young boy, the novel’s protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, writes on the flyleaf of his geography book:
Class of Elements
Clongowes Wood College
The Universe (James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dover, pg. 7-8)
As an exmple of a bildungsroman, a novel about human development, maturation, and growing up, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man uses this moment to emphasize Stephen’s burgeoning awareness of himself and his relationship to and awareness of the world around that self. Indeed, all human deveopment is marked by this exponentially growing sense of the self in relationship to a larger world. We all begin life with a sense only of the immediacy of the self and its own needs, before becoming aware of a small corner of the world around ourselves, before then becoming aware of how that corner fits into a larger and larger universe.
Playing the browser based version of A Dark Room, I was reminded of this passage from Joyce’s novel. Indeed, I almost feel that the whole game is in some way an effort to represent this model of the growing awareness of self and its relationship to a significantly larger universe and the discovery then of how the self fits into such a vast space.
A Dark Room and a sense of place. Contains spoilers for A Dark Room.
Even before I read Homestuck I thought this was the funniest thing.
this comic appears on my dash routinely, like every month it appears like “time to read pancakesteins panty raid comic again” and I read it every time
This comic is how I got multiple friends into homestuck.