Stream of consciousness in mrs dalloway by virginia woolf virginia woolf is known for using stream of consciousness in her writing the novel mrs dalloway follows the thoughts, experiences, and memories of several characters on a single day in london.
The phrase ‘stream of consciousness’ as a literary technique was first used by william james and become widely adopted as a term of art in literary criticism during the twentieth century, especially of the novels of virginia woolf dorothy richardson, or james joyce, among others. We notice the use of this technique in david lodge’s novel the british museum is falling downit is a comic novel that imitates the stream of consciousness narrative techniques of writers like henry james, james joyce, and virginia woolf.
Conclusion • by analyzing stream-of-consciousness technique, we can find that indirect interior monologue makes woolf express the character’s inner world in such great coherence and surface unity. Though randell stevenson suggests, that interior monologue, rather than stream of consciousness, is the appropriate term for the style in which [subjective experience] is recorded, both in the waves and in woolf's writing generally.
In the above example of stream of consciousness from virginia woolf’s mrs dalloway, the character of clarissa is walking to a flower shop she is noticing beauty around her and feeling happy to be alive. Virginia woolf applies what is called indirect interior monologue to her writing, (ahem, fussy definitions) which allows her to explore her characters’ stream of consciousness in the third person for all intents and purposes, this is stream of consciousness as we know and discuss it.
Virginia woolf has smuggled some of her own lyrical eloquence into mrs dalloway's stream of consciousness without its being obvious transpose these sentences into the first person, and they would sound far too literary and considered to pass for a transcription of someone's random thoughts.
In her own handwriting, we see her explore a new style of writing called 'stream of consciousness', in which the imprint of experience and emotion on the inner lives of characters is as important as the stories they act out.