Date: May 13, 2015
go to God
Interpretation: Why does Joyce have Mulligan exclaim "Go to God"? We might expect "Go to Hell." This exclamation appears to be the first instance of Joyce throwing the reader a clue as to his method: Take something familiar (from Homer, Dante, or Shakespeare) and invert it. Joseph Campbell writes (Mythic Worlds, Modern Words, pg. 15), "Dante depicts Florence as Hell. Joyce reverses this idea: he depicts hell as Dublin." Hence "Go to God" that reverses "Go to Hell" indicates the reader is "not in Kansas anymore."