As I am reading The Sound and The Fury, I really am asking myself – Why? Why oh why was stream of conscientious an ‘in’ literally style in the early 1900’s? Why oh why did we pick the 20th century best novels?
Yet again we have an author that loves the method of stream of conscientiousness. Heather must be cringing at the lack of grammer and punctuation. I am understanding most of the story but find myself reading fast just as if the author were speaking fast. Maybe that is because my mind is always racing so I assume everyone else’s does too. I have a hard time following my thoughts let alone reading someone else’s.
Seriously, I do wonder why this style was so new and exciting in the at the time. Look at the novels that use this style on Wikipeida. Most are in the 20th century and few in the 21st.
Was freedom of speech frowned upon? Was life confining? Were the rules of society such that ‘real’ thoughts were taboo? What you were feeling was never discussed in public? Was life so structured that the unstructured writing style was liberating? Was grammar and punctuation so strictly taught the writers needed an escape (or wanted to get even with there English teachers)?
I don’t find this style of writing in today’s novels. I pose to you all out there… why then and not now? What is different? Inquiring minds want to know.
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