A Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man Analysis Essay

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Truly successful author’s have the ability to convey their point without actually saying it to portray a certain situation by describing it in various ways. In the excerpt of the novel “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” James Joyce does just this. Through his use of stylistic elements such as selection of diction, imagery, and syntax, Joyce explains the development of the protagonist’s stream of consciousness. In the beginning of the second section of the passage, Joyce selects the most simple and basic diction in order to portray the starting stages of the protagonist’s development. He draws attention to a story being told to a child by stating, “ He was baby tuckoo” essentially describing the very simplistic language used (Joyce 1). In addition, he speaks about very straightforward things like “ He sang that song. That was his song” this has no hidden or emotional meaning instead has a use of very denotative diction that elaborated on the idea of the beginning phases of development. He deliberately uses words and phrases like “moocow” and “Once upon a time” to characterize the protagonist having a stream of consciousness like a child because children’s thoughts are very explicit without any connotative meaning. One gets the feelings from the author’s selection of diction that he…show more content…
Focusing mostly on visual appeal, he describes, “a big ball in the middle of clouds … the earth green and the clouds maroon” explaining with a little more complexity (2). Portraying his thoughts in a very simple but orderly manner describes a more complex stage of development where the protagonist’s stream of consciousness is starting to grow larger and a bit more intricate. Combining visual imagery with hints of development, Joyce attempts to reveal to reveal the mental progress of the protagonist and how its

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