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Stream of Consciousness Technique

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Ahmed Karim

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Stream of Consciousness Technique

The New Psychology
Stream of Consciousness Technique
World War I
Revolt against authority.
General disillusionment.
Loss of faith in traditional values.
Sigmund Freud
Increased inwardness
Human conduct : Sub-consciousness, unconsciousness
“I went up to my room with a piece of candle, and put it on the table. Then I set down in a chair by the window and tried to think of something cheerful, but it warn't no use. I felt so lonesome I most wished I was dead. The stars were shining, and the leaves rustled in the woods ever so mournful; and I heard an owl, away off, who-whooing about somebody that was dead, and a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die; and the wind was trying to whisper something to me, and I couldn't make out what it was, and so it made the cold shivers run over me. Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that's on its mind and can't make itself understood, and so can't rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving.”
~Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain~

“Making his day's stations, the dingy printingcase, his three taverns, the Montmartre lair he sleeps short night in, rue de la Goutte-d'Or, damascened with flyblown faces of the gone. Loveless, landless, wifeless. She is quite nicey comfy without her outcastman, madame, in rue Gît-le-Coeur, canary and two buck lodgers. Peachy cheeks, a zebra skirt, frisky as a young thing's. Spurned and undespairing. Tell Pat you saw me, won't you? I wanted to get poor Pat a job one time. Mon fils, soldier of France. I taught him to sing. The boys of Kilkenny are stout roaring blades. Know that old lay? I taught Patrice that. Old Kilkenny: saint Canice, Strongbow's castle on the Nore. Goes like this. O, O. He takes me, Napper Tandy, by the hand.”
~Ulysses by James Joyce

My Biggest Worry
Stream of Consciousness Technique
Avand guarde
According to
William James
, who first used the term, it is the chaotic flow of impressions and sensations through the human consciousness

The Characteristics


Stream of Consciousness Novel

1.Treatment of Time
Bergson's Theory of Time

Clock Time
Psychological Time
2.Probing of Human Consciousness
Layers of Human Consciousness.
The past lives in the unconsciousness and sub-consciousness.
3.Study of the Human Psyche
A Chaotic Flux
4. Decay of Plot

The action moves backward and forward in time
Chaotic and incoherent
No logical arrangement of incidents
Insurmountable difficulties for readers
The Contribution

Virginia Woolf
1.The credit of imparting form and discipline.
2. Confrontation of clock time and inner time.
3. Sign points when transition in time or consciousness occur.
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