Stream of Consciousness Essay

452 WordsJun 5, 20092 Pages
Stream of consciousness is a literary method that shows the continuous flow of sense, perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and memories in the human mind. In addition, a narrative mode seeks to show an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thoughts, feelings and images without resorting to objective description or conventional dialogue, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her actions. This may not always appear to have a coherent structure or unity. Philosopher and psychologist William James, brother of writer Henry James, first introduced the term to the field of literary studies from that of psychology. The Stream of consciousness developed in the early 20th century by Dorothy Richardson in Pilgrimage (1915–35) and by James Joyce in Ulysses (1922), and further developed by Virginia Woolf in Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and William Faulkner in The Sound and the Fury (1928). The writers of Stream of consciousness aims to provide a textual equivalent to the stream of a fictional character’s consciousness and focus on the psychological and emotional processes that are taking place in the mind of the characters. It gives the impression that the reader is eavesdropping or reading what is going on in the mind of the characters. One of the writers who been recognized for writing in the style of stream of consciousness was Marcel Proust (1871-1922) who best known for À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). This autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream of consciousness style. The work collected pieces from Proust's childhood, observations of aristocratic life style, gossip, recollections of the closed world, where the author never found his place. Proust put his feelings out in the pages in the end the work is full of thousands of words devoted to the smallest of incidents. For example, in
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