Dedalus and Bloom

“Calypso” has an incredibly different approach to the mind’s process of observation and thought when compared with the Telemachiad.  While this section is easier to read (personally), Leopold Bloom’s mind is no less active than Stephen Dedalus’.  What they focus on in their inner narratives, however, and what they are satisfied with vary significantly.

Dedalus has the tendency to allow his thoughts to stray off and grow, eventually taking him away from reality and bringing him into the world of his thoughts.  There seems to be a disconnection between the reality of his setting and the world within his mind at times.  In contrast, Bloom’s thoughts, though they may wander, never stray too far from the reality of his setting.  There is still a connection between his thoughts and the narrative, arguably stronger than the connection between Dedalus’ thoughts.  Bloom meditates directly on things, such as when he begins thinking about his daughter after reading her letter, “Excuse bad writing.  Hurry.  Piano downstairs.  Coming out of her shell.  Row with her in the XL Café about the bracelet.  Wouldn’t eat her cakes or speak or look” (54).  His thoughts are much more concise than Stephen’s, and seem much more rapid-fire and less flowing.  I look forward to following Bloom throughout this story.

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One thought on “Dedalus and Bloom

  1. amybunselmeyer

    I agree with your statement that even though Bloom’s mind wanders some, his thoughts “never stray too far from the reality of his setting.” That seems to be a much more concise way to say what I was trying to get at in my post. Bloom is much more connected to the physical world, the setting and his body, and that influences his thought process more directly than I think it did with Stephen.

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