Ulysses is the powerfully symbolic and ambitious story of Stephen Daedalus and Leopold and Molly Bloom. The characters are richly and unflinchingly imagined, and the story through which they move chronicles a single day in the city of Dublin, Ireland. The story's format roughly follows that of the Odyssey with Bloom as a modern Odysseus. The story deals with Irish nationalism, British imperialism, scholarly and literary allusion, mythology, marriage, and human connection.
tyranny: tyrants, willing to be dethroned.
Hooray! Ay! Whrrwhee!
— What? Mr Deasy asked.
— A shout in the street, Stephen answered, shrugging his shoulders.
— Why, sir? Stephen asked, beginning to smile.
— Because she never let them in, Mr Deasy said solemnly.
A coughball of laughter leaped from his throat dragging after it a rattling chain of phlegm. He turned back quickly, coughing, laughing, his lifted arms waving to the air.
— She never let them in, he cried again through his laughter as he stamped on gaitered feet over the gravel of the path. That’s why.
On his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung spangles, dancing coins.
— Gurrhr! she cried, running to lap.
— Love, says Bloom. I mean the opposite of hatred.
— By Jesus, says he, I'll brain that bloody jewman for using the holy name. By Jesus, I'll crucify him so I will.