A theme that has stood out to me throughout this quarter – probably because I am taking an anthropology class about language and identity – is how heavily language can influence identity. There are strong nationalist ideas in Ireland of bringing back the Irish language. For the first part of my paper, I want to discuss this, going back to colonization and the suppression of their language and then discussing Irish people’s feelings about bringing it back and how they feel that can strengthen their Irishness. For the second part, I want to focus on how James Joyce related to language and how he used it to form Stephen Dedalus’s identity. I know that I definitely want to use the passage in Chapter 5 of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, where Stephen is talking to the dean and they get mixed up over “funnel” and “tundish”, causing him to reflect on words and his identity. I know there are other passages that could be mixed in as well, like perhaps his reflections on the preacher’s words in Chapter 3 or maybe even going back to Dubliners with Gabriel’s thoughts about language in “The Dead”.