* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Ulysses

Ulysses

by James Joyce

Rudy Bloom

Character Analysis

Rudy is the son of Leopold and Molly Bloom. He died very shortly after birth. Ever since his death, roughly ten years ago, Leopold has been unable to enjoy sex with Molly. In "Hades," "Sirens," and "Oxen of the Sun," Bloom thinks of his dead son and tries to imagine what he might have been like if he were alive.

At the close of the "Circe" episode, we see Bloom imagine Rudy as an Eton schoolboy. Bloom thinks he sees his son in the street and calls out to him, but Rudy does not respond. Throughout the novel, it is clear that the lack of a son contributes to Bloom's feelings of impotence and unimportance.

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement