Mary is Stephen’s mother whose life is full of different burdens and disappointments. Every day she has to cope with her numerous children, living in poverty, and her weak husband. His constant drinking and political arguments exhaust her tremendously as she isn’t into politics at all considering it a waste of time. Faith is the only thing that brings Mary contentment, and she doesn’t understand people rejecting religion. When Stephen chooses the path of an atheist, Mary feels anxious and disturbed. When her son makes a decision to leave her and the Catholic faith behind, Mary is heartbroken and sinks into depression.
Mary Dedalus in the Essays