What might be the most important stylistic element of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce?
Critics agree that the most important stylistic element of Joyce's novel is structure. Joyce deliberately attempted to create a new style of novel by rejecting the convention of plot.
Instead of a conventional plot--an orderly chronologically oriented element developed over time in the English language novel beginning with Defoe's Robinson Crusoe--Joyce chose a structure built upon vignettes of pivotal times in Stephen Dedalus's life. These vignettes show the picture of Stephen's...
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