The first theme of the story is that outward beauty is nothing. It is just a show.
Having found a pen, with some difficulty I copied them out in a large handwriting on a double sheet of foolscap so that I could read them.
For the next few years Joyce worked rapidly on the book, adding what would become chapters I. Joyce wrote to Weaver in late that he had "explained to [Stephens] all about the book, at least a great deal, and he promised me that if I found it madness to continue, in my condition, and saw no other way out, that he would devote himself heart and soul to the completion of it, that is the second part and the epilogue or fourth.
This was due to a number of factors including the death of his father John Stanislaus Joyce in ;  concern over the mental health of his daughter Lucia ;  and his own health problems, chiefly his failing eyesight. Finnegans Wake was published in book form, after seventeen years of composition, on 4 May Chapter summaries[ edit ] Finnegans Wake comprises seventeen chapters, divided into four Parts or Books.
The chapters appear without titles, and while Joyce never provided possible chapter titles as he had done for Ulysses, he did title various sections published separately see Publication history below.
The standard critical practice is to indicate part number in Roman numerals, and chapter title in Arabic, so that III. Difficulties of plot summary below. Therefore, the following synopsis attempts to summarise events in the book which find general, although inevitably not universal, consensus among critics.
Part I[ edit ] "In the first chapter of Finnegans Wake Joyce describes the fall of the primordial giant Finnegan and his awakening as the modern family man and pub owner H. The cad greets HCE in Gaelic and asks the time, but HCE misunderstands the question as an accusation, and incriminates himself by denying rumours the cad has not yet heard.
As a result, HCE goes into hiding, where he is besieged at the closed gate of his pub by a visiting American looking for drink after hours.
He is eventually freed, and goes once more into hiding. An important piece of evidence during the trial — a letter about HCE written by his wife ALP — is called for so that it can be examined in closer detail. This letter was dictated by ALP to her son Shem, a writer, and entrusted to her other son Shaun, a postman, for delivery.
The letter never reaches its intended destination, ending up in a midden heap where it is unearthed by a hen named Biddy. ALP is said to have written a letter declaring herself tired of her mate. Finally, as they turn into a tree and a stone, they ask to be told a Tale of Shem or Shaun.
The chapter then concerns a guessing game among the children, in which Shem is challenged three times to guess by "gazework" the colour which the girls have chosen.
Finally HCE emerges from the pub and in a thunder-like voice calls the children inside. Shaun, "apprehensive about being slighted, is on his guard, and the placating narrators never get a straight answer out of him. Throughout this book Shaun is continually regressing, changing from an old man to an overgrown baby lying on his back, and eventually, in III.
Part III ends in the bedroom of Mr. Porter as they attempt to copulate while their children, Jerry, Kevin and Isobel Porter, are sleeping upstairs and the dawn is rising outside III.
Jerry awakes from a nightmare of a scary father figure, and Mrs. Porter interrupts the coitus to go comfort him with the words "You were dreamend, dear. Hear are no phanthares in the room at all, avikkeen. No bad bold faathern, dear one. The waking and resurrection of [HCE]; 2: After an opening call for dawn to break,  the remainder of the chapter consists of the vignettes "Saint Kevin", "Berkely and Patrick" and "The Revered Letter".
At the close of her monologue, ALP — as the river Liffey — disappears at dawn into the ocean. While no two summaries interpret the plot in the same way, there are a number of central " plot points " upon which they find general agreement.
A number of Joyce scholars question the legitimacy of searching for a linear storyline within the complex text. As Bernard Benstock highlights, "in a work where every sentence opens a variety of possible interpretations, any synopsis of a chapter is bound to be incomplete.
I find them most unsatisfactory and unhelpful, they usually leave out the hard parts and recirculate what we already think we know. I simply cannot believe that FW would be as blandly uninteresting as those summaries suggest.
McCarthy expands on this idea of a non-linear, digressive narrative with the contention that "throughout much of Finnegans Wake, what appears to be an attempt to tell a story is often diverted, interrupted, or reshaped into something else, for example a commentary on a narrative with conflicting or unverifiable details.
Suzette Henke has accordingly described Finnegans Wake as an aporia. They cannot understand it.
Therefore they say it is meaningless. Now if it were meaningless it could be written quickly without thought, without pains, without erudition; but I assure you that these 20 pages now before us [i. Anthony Burgess sees HCE, through his dream, trying "to make the whole of history swallow up his guilt for him" and to this end "HCE has, so deep in his sleep, sunk to a level of dreaming in which he has become a collective being rehearsing the collective guilt of man.Told from the first-person point of view, the story is a convincing representation of the voice of an observant, impressionable, naïve young boy.
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