How Does James Joyce Use Stream Of Consciousness In A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

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An image is something that brings the senses closer to trueness, trueness being the awareness of all senses. An image can invoke all senses at a moment, associating it to previous understanding to an individual. In James Joyce’s A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man, we see a firsthand account of how the ‘stream of consciousness’ was born in the literary world. There are sensations that occur when we tap into an already current sense that is being tested, be it a touch of paper then bringing the smell of a freshly cut tree, a work of a chef bringing out a small entre and yet the smell brings the mind a chocolate tart. Reading a book such as Joyce’s can invoke emotions left and right, bringing bright spaces or dark shadows, behind the veil …show more content…
By seeing these words we create a picture in our mind, from this picture we can differentiate it from us and then relate it to ourselves. He brings in words that almost seem like they came out of a diary he had all along, and yet these words when spoken upon bring senses as we pause and think. This pause can make our hands sweat as he talks about a fire or slap on the hand, it is then our associations take place, I’ve felt this numerous times in this novel and while it would be easy to incorporate how my hands sweated or how the pages of the bible they were reading felt while I constantly paced through his book. The image that stood out was one that caused emotions, a lingering in the air, and the smell of the environment and how it brought another level of nature. This book’s main theme was religion and its stance in the world of maturing children. Throughout there were instances where the learning from the teachers was more ominous than the fear of doing wrong. There began a part where they were being spoken to of Hell and its place in the Bible, how one that does wrong will step into these depths if one is taken off the forsaken path. It begins this spiral down with the …show more content…
This connection of sense ties in with Religion in a subtle way, Joyce challenges the view of the world he once belonged to, to make one sense ‘Hell’ before they even deserved to think about such atrocities, and he makes a rebuttal that makes one question his views. In James Joyce’s Dubliners and story called “Araby” touches this topic of sense and religion, all too closely where he writes, “The former tenant of our house, a priest. Had died in the back drawing room. Air, musty from having been long enclosed, hung in all the rooms, and the waste room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless papers.” (19) We see Joyce mention a priest who had passed and left an odor long after. The “Air, musty having long enclosed” makes it seem like he was left alone to his own dealings where no one would find him, a man alone with his thoughts. The air “hung in all the rooms” as if a ghost was lingering around, giving the essence of loss among a ‘littered’ place. This passage is one that has long ‘lingered’ in my mind when thinking of gothic literature, and it touches base with how A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man brought religion

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