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While no major events take place in the opening chapter of Ulysses, it remains an important one because it introduces the elements that will play out as the novel continues.
These are both characteristics that represent how he appears to others, and do not represent his inner character. This suggests that appearances matter most to Mulligan, he also has little self-awareness. Secondly, Mulligan describes himself this way after describing a fault of his. He refers to his name as "absurd" but then goes on to suggest that it also has positives. This denotes his ability not to dwell on negatives, but to move on to positives. While Mulligan seems to view his character as positive, the reader has a different view.
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