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...

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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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