A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

‘Sup homeslice! This week we flying high with The Portrait
of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. Aight, slick. Let’s get something straight up in here. This book flowin’ about one main thing: the
development of the artist, Stephen Dedalus. And we jumpin from one episode to another
as he grindin’ through all sorts of sh*t from his time as a young thug. At the start, we checkin his only memories
from the baby days: smells, sensations, and a story his Pops once told him about a moo
cow. Hmmhmm. Later, Stephen gets sent to Clongowes Wood
College. And even though he just a little G gettin
schooled with other homies, he realize he ain’t like the rest of these simple scrubs. But soon Stephen don’t gotta go back to that
trap no more. His Daddy been acting a straight fool and
the family all outta that cash money. So the Dedalus crew high-tail it to Dublin,
and Stephen starts thuggin in a new school. One night, Stephen starts wandering around
town and peeps a fine lil’ number turning tricks, so he throws her some dough and ends
up dippin his pen in more than just ink, nah mean? Yeah! Stephen starts chasin’ tail and rubbin’ it
raw on the reg, until one day he hears some tight ass preacher rhymin’ about fire and
brimstone. Stephen just about sh*ts his pants and decides
it’s time to hit that Bible HARDCORE. Our boy keepin’ it so church that one of the
priests ask him to join up with his holy posse and enter the priesthood. Eventually, Stephen all like ‘nah, priest
blood, but that ain’t my style. Then one day while Stephen lurkin round the
beach, he catches a glimpse at one of the finest asses he’s ever seen. A ass so fine that it changes a brother’s
life FOREVER. After that, he decide he gonna spread those
wings and create like a true blue artist with a free and proud soul. Like a boss. But all the cats he kickin’ it with- family,
friends, religious peeps, they all just crampin’ his style. So Stephen keeps it real and chucks up the
deuce to the world he know. Let me lay this game on you, B. This book about a sensitive little G, comin
up in a family, religion, and country that tryna drill a certain view of the world in
his head. But as he grow up, Steve-O decide he just
can’t flow with that mess. Like Cranley say, Stephen wanted And the only way to keep it that trill is
to throw up your middle finger to all that sh*t that’s holdin’ you back. Now if you goin’ hard in the paint, you gots
to peep Joyce’s mad artistry up in here. See this sh*t right here is one of the first
books in which the motifs are the most important element of the text. And Joyce flippin’ them literary devices like
a mothaf*ckin’ hustler. This cat packed just about all the novel’s
images, motifs, and symbols in the first few pages: daddies, roads, water, ladies, roses,
birds… I could go on, playa! Matta fact, some of this sh*t so similar to
old Jim Joyce’s life that some cases think this book is straight up autobiographical. And that Stephen reppin’ Joyce himself. See, like Stevie, Jimmy J had the balls to
stick it to his upbringing and define himself outside his country and religion. Even though Stephen’s story starts off with
his biological Daddy tryna school him by dropping some verses about how the world be, our main
man ends up gettin learned by a different Pops, the one he’s named after… Stephen actually goin’ off about a character
in Greek myth named Daedalus, and Daedalus is one of the baddest mothers you ever seen. Fool could invent like nobody’s business. Matta fact, he and his son, Icarus, actually
busted out of the slammer, by ghetto-riggin’ some DIY wings. Just like the Greek Daedalus, Stephen just
wanna create and be free. But before he can fly high, he gotta grind
through an earthly prison full of weak ass chumps. And they ain’t no better way to stay fly than
hittin’ that subscribe button and gettin’ you some Thug Notes threads! See you next week, playa! Peace!

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

  1. Lex Chavez says:

    Another classic, awesome job dude!

  2. Su Kent says:

    I love your videos, Sparkly Sweet! I am currently doing a master's degree in English Literature. I've been reading too many literary theories and concepts that seem to mechanize and nullify the true beauty of literature. I was desperately looking for something that will get me a good laugh. Thanks for the humorous video! It's good to know that there are people out there who still can appreciate literature. 

  3. Timmy Reed says:

    More black authors! May I suggest Song of Soloman by Toni Morrison and The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola. Also, hit up some more James Baldwin, dude! (And do HL Mencken too, regardless of race. That man's angry reason needs to be brought back now more than ever.)

  4. Andrew Clary says:

    Please do 1Q84 by Murakami. Or the Windup Bird Chronicles by Murakami. Basically, please do Murakami!

  5. TrekkieBear says:

    One thing I'm seeing as a recurring theme in a lot of these books that white folks consider "classic literature" is how white people, white men in particular, are really sexually repressed. They discover some ass and think they found God. Either that or they're just plain power hungry. Or both. Then they run around trying to hide their true nature from everybody else instead of just chilling the fuck out.

    This really explains a lot about rich, white, male Republicans. It would make me feel sorry for them if they weren't such pussies and didn't impose their views on everybody. White people really need to learn how to live and let live like the dude in this book.

    I guess it ain't just white people tho. Look at the damned Taliban and them stupid dudes in Nigeria kidnapping girls and don't even get me started on China and North Korea. They don't just hate women, they hate everybody. And don't get me started on them assholes who kill everybody over drugs. Power hungry biatches.

    Fuck. We can't even blame the world's problems on white people no more. Not to say white folks ain't guilty for the shit they do, but maybe everybody else is just as guilty for not telling them where to get off. Except they always bring guns don't they? White men love war and all the other men love guns and shit too. So they're like fuck, we'll strap up too. Load up on guns and bring your friends. Instead of standing down, or trying to work shit out, men everywhere just make shit worse.

    It's Men. Men are fucked up. All over the world. Except Sparky Sweets. He keeps it trill. But us Women, we need to rise up and take over. Men can not be trusted to run this world anymore. I need to write a book about that.

  6. TrOllinM4sTEr says:

    I want a Thug Notes T shirt…know what I mean? 4 reelz!

  7. April says:

    Thank you so much for making this a bit more understanding now. I would love to recommend that you do The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 🙂

  8. artofvoice says:

    I love these. It's so fun watching this and remembering when I read the book. I'm pretty impressed! 

  9. cam o brien says:

    This is incredible, would love to see you as a English teacher. Kids would actully pay attention to you.

  10. Sunflower Flower says:

    Funniest and most useful person on youtube

  11. Jared Freeland says:

    Could you do Mrs Dalloway some time in the next 2 days? Would really help with my exam studies. Thanks!!

  12. danhutchings says:

    You should do a video "The Wasteland" by TS Eliot if your into poetry. 

  13. KingoftheFrogfish says:

    1:45 Greatest quote in this whole series

  14. Joseph Smith says:

    Could you do A Christmas Carol for this season?

  15. Scott Ellis says:

    Seriously, I haven't been as excited about a YouTube channel since wayyyyy back when ERB came out. These are funny but jam packed with information about some of the greatest literary works of all time. Please, never stop doing these. Like, ever. 

  16. CriterionCafe says:

    James Joyce: so very confusing, even Dubliners

  17. Lean Doughnut says:

    I've become a well-read literary baller thanks to our mutual friend, Dr. Sweets.

  18. Henrik Sommerland says:

    "A free and proud soul…. like a boss"

  19. Art Koenig says:

    Another delight. Thank you!

  20. Raccoon Sage says:

    i see what you did there… 1:03

  21. Harpeia says:

    I love it! Oh my god I LOVE IT!!!

  22. Alcaeus89 says:

    What have I been doing with my life? I been dwelling in the nerdy world of the humanities when I could be out finding asses that change my life for ever. That really rubs my shit raw, son

  23. JacoBluezz says:

    What about doing Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry?

  24. Andre Brown says:

    Do All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

  25. SteampunkTigerlily18 says:

    Thank you!!! I've got a university essay on this due soon and it's driving me crazy

  26. nightflight83 says:

    The part of the story where the priest delivers the hell-fire sermon was mad scary! It was scarier than the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards.

  27. 99 Red Balloons 🎈 says:

    wanna do dirty things to this nigga

  28. stepsinred says:

    This is the greatest idea for literature since literature started being written. Seriously, this is awesome. Definitely gonna get some thug notes threads

  29. Casey VanAlstyne says:

    Do "Paradise Lost" by John Milton!!

  30. A Jayaswal says:

    two thumbs up!

  31. • M • U • X • says:

    Finnegan's Wake plleeaaaseeeeeee

  32. Stewart K says:

    Do Ulysses, please.

  33. juancarlosdrd says:

    @wisecrack Review "Martin Eden" by Jack London! This novella follows a similar life narrative but radically different, set in the grimy laborious times of post industrial revolution era America.

  34. Masu Goupil says:

    Can you do the Ulysses by the same author. I tried to read that when I was twelve but it just wrinkled my brain. Haven't tried to read it since, and I need to know what the hell was going on in Dublin with Leopold Bloom, Stephan Dedalus and the gang. You can't make a video about James Joyce and not make another one about his most famous book – life doesn't work like that.

  35. popcorn pop says:

    man, when i read this book.. it didn't make a lick of sense to me hahahahah.

  36. MoreGreenTea says:

    when did he move to africa or jong gua or nihon or brazil or mehico and get married? hindustan, i get down in all directions but ireland

  37. Hernan Gomez Chavez says:

    native son by Richard wright

  38. Aynge Mackay says:

    'Rubbin' it raw' OMG LOLOLLL

  39. Dragonface013 says:

    I DEMAND you do Finnegans Wake!

  40. Oscar Lopera says:

    Do Ulysses.

  41. tisgoodjuju says:

    "Joyce flippin them literary devices like a motherfuckin hussler"

  42. Nicole Fruth says:

    Please do Finnegan's Wake <3

  43. emteespace says:

    Do the Dubliners!

  44. 689nor says:

    More James Joyce please! How about "Finnegan's Wake" or perhaps "Ulysses"?

  45. Noha N Hassane says:

    I can never thank you enough for saving my ass in my Novel class each and every semester hahahaha <3

  46. Connor Stevenson says:

    I demand Finnegan's Wake. Please.

  47. Knight Of Moons says:

    just finished reading this today


    Joyce does not play around!
    Lyrical and Dense
    as Beautiful as it is hard to follow

    following Stephen on his journey was a unique experience. Joyce haJoa power with description head and shoulders above nearly every other writer ive come across

    his aesthetic philosophy towards the end was fascinating to say the least

    difficulty: 10/10
    quality: 10/10

    i read this alone
    it would have been wiser to have seeked some guidance… should have believed what I heard about Joyce but oh well

    wont make this mistake again with Ulysses.

  48. Knight Of Moons says:

    all the people asking for Ulysses and FW

    youre all silly

  49. Cole Napier says:

    What's depressing about the Daedalus story comparison is, well we all know what happened to him AND Icarus in the end. So……maybe saying screw you to earth and spreading ur wings ISN'T such a great idea. lol.

  50. austin fernando says:

    do "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by Laurence Sterne please

  51. Larkin Hancock says:

    The great Santini please

  52. Tom Farrelly says:

    Jesus went to belvo nah nah nah nah ayy

  53. Luis Chavez says:

    please do the conffesions of an opium eater by Thomas dequincy

  54. slayer 1 says:

    everyone that walks by each other or talks to each other in the park should share 1 piece ideology with each other as they come and go just on the off-chance that might be interested like what are you thinking today like the title of a story or a situation in history or a part for a machine etc etc

  55. Lucas T. Cammarota says:


  56. VinnyDaQ says:

    Piease, please PLEASE do "Flowers for Algernon" !!!

  57. Phil Garrett says:

    Do one about infinite jest

  58. KrazyKaiser says:

    Could you perhaps do Ulysses sometime?

  59. Toby Millstein says:

    Awesome content! Keep it up!

  60. mackdmara says:

    Do what is right no matter what happens. Why? Because someone is always saying, "Right! I'll do you for that!".

  61. ghiribizzi says:

    skiped motif: aunty Dante

  62. Thomas Reynolds says:

    Are you baller enough to do Ulysses player???

  63. abigail Maness says:

    please do the dead by James Joyce

  64. Amelia Doubleyou says:

    wait – he's never done ULYSSES, has he?
    Oh, he's going to have a field day with that one.

  65. Kiran Prasad says:

    Swann's Way next

  66. Nevo Krien says:

    whey do you need to stick 132 in binary on your fingers to everyone

  67. Keron Frénçhîè Roberts says:

    an ass soo fine that it changes a brothas life for ever….. have we all been there :')

  68. Dan -Horsenwelles- Williams says:

    thug notes you are the greatest dude in the world. you are educating children/teens in a way we NEED!!!!!! GOD DAMN IT I LOVE YOU <3

  69. B Jammin says:

    Too afraid to tackle Ulysses?

  70. zohar86 says:

    You should do Ulysses too 🙂

  71. kirby march barcena says:

    Stephen is lucky to be living like that…

  72. Bengun67 says:

    You're doing something right.
    Outstanding, classy in it's own way.
    Respect- This is oxygen for the intellect .
    Light years above the cut !

  73. Anne Silva says:

    diy wings XD lmao

  74. Hotpocket Moutaindew says:

    I never noticed that. If your mind is focused on abstract higher end goals like when dude noticed he was different. It probably means you have artistic qualities/skills. Because all the engineers I know talk and think in order. In the steps. A process. And in that book the war of art. The author basically says that too, if you are doing art as a profession. To succeed you probably have to think irrationally. Because rational thought isn't what created things like Dilbert. Or got you to that place. So people obsessed with "great" goals. Are actually just creative minded and are not served by the moment/being present. Im really grateful for how clear and comprehendable these summaries are too or I might never have seen these large themes. Which are easy to miss if you make fun of the books. But even that Ethan Frome book. I like it now because I never read it prior to the summary here. And endless people I found out. Really hate that book.

  75. Sarah Alharbi says:

    I love you thuggie <3

  76. LukeSWErrthing says:

    I need, and I mean NEEEEED a Thug Notes on Ulysses. I'm reading it right now (for fun) and would appreciate your import!!!

  77. Latonya Sanford says:

    Do the book "the mystery at Blackbeard's cove"

  78. iggybug1 says:

    Throws some dough… and dipping his pen in more than just ink.

  79. Matt Plescia says:

    have you guys ever heard of this obscure book called Ulysses? Pretty good!

  80. Jennifer Eddy says:

    I heart smc man…

  81. Roderick Molasar says:

    I do appreciate the self-portrait you put up there at the very beginning.  Sheet-eating grin and all. But now it's 4 weeks later and you've taken the grinning, bespectacled visage out of the intro.  Dang.

  82. KarolaMartini says:

    Why he's shouting so much wtf

  83. Stacey Brazell says:

    Do Ulysses!!

  84. Chris Chiang says:


  85. Thought Loop says:

    "an ass so fine it changes a brothas life…forever!" hahaha

  86. ThePicManiac says:

    Can you please consider doing Ulysses by the same author? Pretty please

  87. علوش الملك says:

    I need this in Arabic Language 😢😢

  88. bob bobson says:

    im outraged ! i am reporting this to the league of public decency !

  89. Thomas Schmidt says:

    You ARE a Genius….thank you for your magnificent exegesis ..

  90. Veronica Jennings says:

    Does this guy actually read the books or do others do the work, with him just being a face to the system?

  91. Paul Batten says:

    What's a G gotta do to get some The Waste Land up in this piece

  92. Vivien Lee says:

    if this guy actually made a rap album, it's gonna be so lit, it's gonna be fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Naomi Curiel says:

    I’m an English major and I love thug notes 📝 they’re sooo funny and informative.

  94. Patrycja Gebala says:


  95. Anita Richmond says:

    Doc $weets, Like my boy Gucci said, "I think I love U?"

  96. Eric M says:

    Lookin fly with dem glasses Sparky 😎.

  97. Tarantula Talk says:

    I solemnly say — bring back thug notes! Starting with the fine literary achievement, Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. Thanks in advance for paying heed to my request

  98. Scott Ikemire says:

    Honestly, this video is the only reason I understand this book.

  99. Brittany Beautiful says:

    We need the portrait of Dorian gray please!

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