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