"You talk to me about nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets."

Stephen passes through childhood and adolescence and is now a formed personality. At this point he realizes that the defining trait of the artist must be freedom. As any man, the artist is born within a context. In order to write about beauty he must escape other temptations or other people's goals. His talent must be used for serving beauty only. The aesthetic ideal is far beyond other human endeavours. That is why Stephen Dedalus knows he must flee the prison, the maze of human constructs, and raise himself above all – in order to become an artist.