Homework Help

Analyse A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man according to the narrative techniques?

user profile pic

hercaii | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:31 AM via web

dislike 0 like

Analyse A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man according to the narrative techniques?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:16 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The novel 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' by James Joyce tells a story of a boy's growing up and his school days through a stream of experiences. Joyce 'narrates' the story in the third person, as if the schoolboy is engaging in a very long monologue. This idea was fairly new at the time, but later came to be explored by other writers such as Virginia Woolf. It was given the title of the 'stream of consciousness' later on. Sometimes it can be hard to follow as the boy flits back and forth through daydreams, early memories and conversation. Some of the fears of punishments for wrongdoing under the version of catholicism at the time are even nightmarish and we see Stephen 'flash back' to these frequently. Look out for instances of past, present and future throughout the great work.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes