One of the critical elements in the narrative style of Joyce's work is the development of the concept of bildungsroman. In attempting to show the growth and maturation of Stephen, the narrative style works in accordance to this idea. The opening sounds of the "moocow" helps to convey childhood, which is supplanted by the political and religious debates which take place in the young Stephen's home. His worship of beauty and his numerous epiphanies help to develop this stylistic element. The narration is within the frame of maturation and development, which allows Joyce to be able to maintain the stream of consciousness mode while tracing the arc of Stephen's life.