Joyce’s stories are characterized by peaks of intensity, that the writer calls epiphanies. An epiphany is a sudden revelation, in which the soul of the commonest object seems to us suddenly more important. This instant of intensity can be compared to Woolf’s idea of vision. In “A Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man”, he explains his idea of epiphany: he says that epiphanies can expresses itself through the vulgarity of speech or of gesture. For example, in a particular day of our life, when we see an object, seen many other times, it can give us impressions and feelings, never given before: this is the concept of epiphanies.
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