Stream Of Consciousness In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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instance, he says that whenever he wears his coat in the morning and fixes his tie appropriately, they will still make fun of the thinness of his limbs. His helplessness is even more evident when he appears to be sure that his decisions may be reversed within a minute which means that if he is not particularly convinced, he should try anyway. In laying out his thoughts in this manner, he opens himself up to show how constantly worried he is about the words of other people. Stream of consciousness is used in “Heart of Darkness” to describe the treasured memories of one of the most significant characters in the text, Charlie Marlow. The character reminisces about the times during his life when he thought highly about the colonial conquests in which he had participated. He draws…show more content…
For instance, in describing his past, Marlow, in “Heart of Darkness,” takes the reader back in time when he had dreams of reaching the North Pole and conquering the continent with the snake-like river. By interrupting the story’s discourse by sneaking in a story from the past, the author was exemplifying a novel way of writing literature at the turn of the 20th century, which had been preceded by sticklers to a chronological discourse, where one event followed another. “The Good Soldier” by Ford Madox Ford is another prime example where the author illustrates the extramarital affairs of Edward Ashburnham and Florence through a series of flashbacks on the lives of both the husband and wife. Flashback is especially crucial in notifying the reader that Florence did not actually have a heart ailment as the reader might think from the start; it was a lie to ensure that Edward did not get intimate with her while she had an affair with Jimmy (Ford 98). Evidently, stream of consciousness is a technique that is introduced in the 20th century to narrate a story in a non-chronological
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