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

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Is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man a stream of consciousness novel?

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In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce is experimenting with literary techniques, especially the use of stream of consciousness. He uses the third person to describe the experiences of Stephen Daedalus, but everything in the novel is seen through Daedalus. Joyce does not explain what is going on objectively, he simply describes it as Daedalus experiences it subjectively, in short, episodic accounts. At the beginning of the book, when Daedalus is a child, Joyce uses childlike prose, as in the opening lines:

ONCE UPON A TIME and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo…

By the end of the book, when Stephen is at university, the dialogue and the narrative is much more sophisticated:

His mind when wearied of its search for the essence of beauty amid the spectral words of Aristotle or Aquinas turned often for its pleasure to the dainty songs of the Elizabethans....

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