ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14354/yjk.2009.32.5
The Correspondence Between Chapter 4 of Ulysses and Calypso Episode of Odyssey
James Joyce used the legend of the ancient work as a base of his novel’sstructure. In Ulysses, he used Homer’s Odyssey as a means of giving unity to theseemingly disorganized modern citizens’s lives. Joyce himself disclosed the schemeof Ulysses and all the chapters corresponded to the episodes in Homer’s Odyssey.
Chapter 4 of Ulysses corresponds to the Calypso episode in Odyssey. Thoughthe Calypso episode lasts 24 days and chapter 4 deals with the accidents happenedin only 45 minutes, there are lots of parallels between the two stories. Therelationship between Calypso and Odysseus parallels that of Bloom and his wifeMolly. What Bloom does in that time parallels what Odysseus does during 24 days.
In conclusion, we can safely say that Joyce adapted the Calypso episode verywell to the modern Odysseus, Bloom and his adventure in the modern city, Dublin.