Mirror and a razor

Mulligan emerges from the stairhead with the tools of his morning shaving ritual: a "bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed." The fact that the mirror and razor lie "crossed" obliquely announces that Mulligan will soon be parodying a Catholic priest celebrating Mass. But these two objects also obliquely signal the tensions in the relationship between Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus—tensions that emerge in very concrete physical forms like the experience of seeing oneself as an object (the mirror) and the threat of bodily harm (the razor).

John Hunt 2013

Panel from Ulysses Seen, Robert Berry's online graphic novel version of Ulysses. Source: www.ulyssesseen.com.

Painting by Eduardo Arroyo. Source: www.nytimes.com.