In a striking departure from the Christian eschatalogy that Joyce was fed by the Catholic church, he introduces the notion of reincarnation—"a past life, "metempsychosis," "the transmigration of souls"—in both Proteus and Calypso. This conception of human immortality, evidently derived from various sources, maintains a jocoserious presence throughout Ulysses as one possible ultimate reality, and as a kind of metaphor or analogue for the mysterious interpenetration of individual identities.

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