A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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What is the narrative technique used in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?  

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In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce breaks from traditional narrative forms and uses a third person stream of consciousness style that is less concerned with telling a story and more focused on conveying the experiences of Stephen Dedalus as he matures. For example, at the beginning of the book, as Joyce seeks to convey Stephen Dedalus' experience as a very young child, the text is disorienting and has very little in terms of a coherent narrative. Instead of relaying specific events happening to Dedalus', Joyce gives us the feeling of confusion that comes with young age. While this is a strange technique when compared to simply giving a third person account of what happened to Dedalus as a young child, in many ways, Joyce's approach is more clear to how most people relate to their earliest memories, often having only fragmented images or vague feelings rather than clear accounts of events.

As Dedalus matures, Joyce's narrative techniques and vocabulary become more coherent,...

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