Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

In true modernist form, Joyce is seeking to define his own method of narration.  In the absence of any other accepted structure of narration, Joyce’s stream of consciousness helps to allow the reader to better understand the character of Stephen.  The narration changes over the course of the novel to reflect the change that Stephen undergoes throughout the novel.  From the opening lines of the “moocow” as an infant, to the young boy who has to be introduced to political strife internally in his own home, to the forced acceptance and then rejection of the church, to the embrace of the artist and non- serviam credo in search of beauty, the narration style changes to reflect these changes in Stephen.
Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
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Comment on Joyce’s narrative technique in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
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