Stream of consciousness is a key technique used most famously by modernist writers T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf. The Oxford-English Dictionary defines consciousness as “Internal knowledge or conviction; the state or fact of being mentally conscious or aware of something.” The term “stream of consciousness” is what is going through an individual’s mind. There is always a conversation going on within a person’s mind, whether it is an internal debate or just a general observation. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms defines stream of consciousness as “The continuous flow of sense-perceptions, thoughts, feelings and memories in the human mind.” To put in simpler terms, stream of consciousness is the thoughts that pass through a person’s
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Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot both used this and formed it into a technique for writing. The writers would show each individual characters stream of conscious to help the reader develop a deeper understanding of what is going through the characters mind. When the reader is able to see the characters thoughts it helps the reader to gather a better understanding of the situation. It also allows the ready to see different perspectives from each character. The biggest example of stream of consciousness with Virginia Woolf comes in To the Lighthouse. In the novel, Woolf develops an identity for each character and the reader is allowed to see the perception of each individual through their stream of consciousness. Mrs. Ramsey is a great place to start. Through her thoughts and action it is easy to understand that she is a protector and will do anything in her power to protect her children.
"But it may be fine--I expect it will be fine," said Mrs. Ramsay.” Mr. Ramsey informs the children that the weather will be too dreadful to visit the lighthouse and Mrs. Ramsey immediately jumps in to provide encouragement to the children. Mrs. Ramsey is a model woman of the Victorian Era. One of the key ideas of this era was to accept who you are and do what is expected of you and as a woman; she was expected to be a housewife and a mother who protects her children. Mrs. Ramsey