Here is the first instance we see of the narrative being “contained” by outside text in a way that dominates the narrative. The “headlines” throughout “Aeolus” act as both a framing device for the parts of the story contained within it (imposing a sort of compulsory interpretation for how the reader should understand it within the context of the episode), as well as a way for Joyce to draw attention to textuality itself as an interpretive--perhaps even dominating--force in the narrative.

Joyce’s headlines throughout the episode fall into one of three roughly defined categories:

the “helpful”

the “unhelpful and problematic”

the “merely-neutral-slash-unhelpful-but-kinda-okay-regardless”

What we see here is Joyce drawing our attention to idea that context shapes our understanding of content. It at least forces us to examine closely the “context” we are given and, in the case of the confusing headlines, question it altogether, perhaps mistrust it. It seems he is perhaps playing an instructive role to his readership. Or he could be trolling us. It isn’t clear. It may be a mixture of the two.