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What is the purpose of the 'stream of consciousness' within The Mark on the Wall - what...

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mellowyelloww | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM via web

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What is the purpose of the 'stream of consciousness' within The Mark on the Wall - what effect/concepts does it bring up?

I was reading the story and I didn't know the purpose of the trains of thought, and why it was there, and how it connected with the snail :s

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sfisc009 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2011 at 10:49 PM (Answer #1)

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The strain of thoughts is the central idea of the story.  Her manic thoughts over this "spot" bring the reader from the past to the present over a short period of time.  Seemingly one hour but through the thoughts years.  The story is showing the manic thoughts that take place in a persons head over little things like a spot on the wall.  The snail is an arbitrary point the author is trying to make.  The spot while important to the theme of the story, is a minimal thing compared to the thoughts that invade ones mind.

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