Leopold Bloom, Prince of the People

Leopold Bloom, Prince of the People THEODORE FEDER One of the recurrent questions implicit in Joyce's Ulysses is how Leopold Bloom can serve as a counterpart to the Ulysses of Homeric epic. To what degree does he respond to the Ulysses prototype or merit this distinction? Ulysses is a warrior and King of Ithaca, while Bloom is a middle class Jew with the rather mundane job of advertising salesman. Ulysses wanders the Mediterranean world for ten long years. Bloom wanders about Dublin for one day. Bloom may be a type of ``wandering Jew,'' though it appears that he has lived and been settled in Dublin for a long time, probably since his birth. He is not, therefore, a Jew who has been pulled and pushed from country to country, which weakens but does not negate his status as ``wandering Jew.'' Indeed, Bloom remarks to Stephen in Latin, ``Ubi patria . . . vita bene,'' which can be loosely translated as, ``Wherever I am well . . . there is my country'' (16.1138­39). Bloom's traits of generosity, compassion, and forgiveness differ from the ruthless and unsparing vengeance that mark the homecoming of Ulysses, whose Greek name Odysseus can fittingly be translated as ``Wrathful.'' What then, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Joyce Studies Annual Fordham University Press

Leopold Bloom, Prince of the People

Joyce Studies Annual, Volume 2013 (1) – Dec 12, 2013

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THEODORE FEDER One of the recurrent questions implicit in Joyce's Ulysses is how Leopold Bloom can serve as a counterpart to the Ulysses of Homeric epic. To what degree does he respond to the Ulysses prototype or merit this distinction? Ulysses is a warrior and King of Ithaca, while Bloom is a middle class Jew with the rather mundane job of advertising salesman. Ulysses wanders the Mediterranean world for ten long years. Bloom wanders about Dublin for one day. Bloom may be a type of ``wandering Jew,'' though it appears that he has lived and been settled in Dublin for a long time, probably since his birth. He is not, therefore, a Jew who has been pulled and pushed from country to country, which weakens but does not negate his status as ``wandering Jew.'' Indeed, Bloom remarks to Stephen in Latin, ``Ubi patria . . . vita bene,'' which can be loosely translated as, ``Wherever I am well . . . there is my country'' (16.1138­39). Bloom's traits of generosity, compassion, and forgiveness differ from the ruthless and unsparing vengeance that mark the homecoming of Ulysses, whose Greek name Odysseus can fittingly be translated as ``Wrathful.'' What then,

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