The Boy's Heart Rose in a Long Pang for His Father: The Son's Search for the Father in Homer's Odyssey and James Joyce's Ulysses

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Scott Richardson; Charles Thornbury


My thesis relies on the premise that sons gain something from their fathers that others cannot provide them. A son with an absent father, therefore, ends up with something missing in his life. This work is an evaluation of what the sons of the Odyssey and James Joyce's Ulysses are missing, how that affects them, what they do about it, and what happens when they finally make a union with their father or father-figure, as the case may be. What I find is that the son of an absent father must make progress on his own before receiving help from his father or father-figure.

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