the reign of the death, and also the name of the place of the dead, is the Greek parable to Irish Glasnevin Cemetery. There Leopold Bloom's attending the funeral of a friend, Dignam.
The very same person, who was introduced in the first chapter as a floating corpse near the Tower in Sandycove.
Leopold Bloom is sharing a carriage with three friends, or acquaintances, among them Simon Dedalus, father of Stephen Dedalus, who again is Leopold Bloom as a young person.
While traveling to the graveyard, they actually pass Stephen Dedalus, who is leaving the tower and his exploiting friends for good. As if this is not complicated enough, Leopold Bloom's father, who committed suicide, hurting his son and leaving the family in ruins, is introduced.
A quadruple mix of father and son relations and deep, devastating problems.
One also, slowly, get under the skin of Leopold Bloom, the outsider and bystander as he is sharing thoughts of love and pain, bewilderment and understanding. About his father he thinks,"They used to drive a stake of wood through his,(the suicide's) heart in the grave. As if it wasn't broken already."
."Ought to be flowers of sleep. Chinese cemeteries with giant poppies growing produce the best opium Mastiansky told me."(James Joyce)
No wonder Leopold Bloom has need for withdrawal, letting his mind wander about death, resurrection, the life within and outside the church.
"Love among the tombstones.. Romeo. Spice of pleasure. In the midst of death we are in life. Both ends meet."(James Joyce)
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