Stream Of Consciousness Essay

735 WordsDec 27, 20113 Pages
In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a narrative mode that seeks to portray an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her actions. The story starts off in the perspective of Clarissa Dalloway. Immediately the narration becomes what she is thinking and what she observes, like when she opens her French window and “feels the still air.” The narration especially the fact that it jumps from one thought to the next seems much more realistic because it is told how a person would actually think, which we refer to as “stream of consciousness.” We can tell Clarissa will be the main character because she is the narrator and the thoughts that are conveyed are her thoughts.Occasionally the narration is taken to the perspective of a different character, but for the main part, Clarissa narrates. Another important character who comes up in the story is Peter Walsh. The first mention of him is when Mrs. Dalloway is standing at the open window and thinks of him. Later on in the story, we find out that Peter once loved Mrs. Dalloway. Hugh Whitbread is the next character that is introduced. He and Mrs. Dalloway have known each other since childhood. Through a thought, we are introduced to Richard Dalloway, Clarissa’s husband. These three people; Peter, Hugh, and Richard, are the lovers of Clarissa Dalloway. While in the flower shop, an explosion in the streets caught the attention of a mass of people. In the car were people of unknown identities. The people of the town who watched as the car drove by thought that it would be people of royalty. In reality, inside were the shell shocked war veteran, Septimus Warren Smith, and his Italian wife, Lucrezia Smith. For a while the point of view switches to that of Septimus, as he watches an airplane
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