- Critical Dissonance: Regarded as one of the most important novels of the 20th Century by critics and literary scholars, but lots of general readers find it difficult to get through.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Or at least difficult as hell for the unprepared.
- Special mentions for Proteus, Oxen of the Sun, and Penelope. Dear God, Penelope.
- Values Dissonance: Between Homer's Greece and 1900s Dublin.
- The Woobie: Bloom and Dedalus, though in different ways. With Stephen it's a bit more obvious if you've read 'Portrait of the Artist', where he seems more of a failure. Bloom has it bad too, between having a dead father and son, being a Jew at a highly anti-semitic period in Ireland and generally being an outcast to most of the citizens.