Huge key

The “huge key" that locks the strong exterior door of the Martello tower is mentioned eight times in Telemachus, and again in Proteus. Buttressed by references to another key in Bloom's chapters, it becomes emblematic of various kinds of dispossession: homelessness, sexual betrayal, political subjection, metaphysical ignorance.

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The key to the door of the Martello tower, held in a glass display case in the James Joyce Museum, Sandycove. Source: John Hunt.