Venus and Adonis

One of Shakespeare's two long narrative poems, Venus and Adonis, comes up repeatedly in Scylla and Charybdis after what seems like an anticipatory mention in Lestrygonians. Stephen focuses on the poem's insistent suggestion that by working so aggressively to seduce Adonis, Venus usurps the man's role and unmans the boy whom she would usher into manhood. Stephen argues that this story held great personal relevance for Shakespeare. If it is echoed in Lestrygonians, then it may also hold meaning for Bloom.

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16th century oil on canvas painting of Venus and Adonis by an artist in the workshop of Paolo Veronese, held in the Torrie Collection of the University of Edinburth. Source:

One of perhaps thirty oil on canvas paintings of Venus and Adonis by Titian and his workshop, probably16th century. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

1655 oil on canvas painting of Venus and Adonis by Cornelis Holsteyn, held in the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. Source: Wikimedia Commons.