Created By: DracMonster on October 27, 2009 Last Edited By: Malady on April 22, 2018

Stream Of Consciousness

A stream of unfiltered thoughts.

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Grabbed by Malady since Stream Of Consciousness has 18 wicks currently going nowhere, and this might not be Inner Monologue

Stream of Consciousness when a character's thoughts are presented unedited, usually broken and not directly connected from each other.

A subtrope of Inner Monologue, which is whenever you hear a character's thoughts.

This is when you hear it like a person is actually thinking it, the opposite of the Conveniently Coherent Thoughts form of Inner Monologue.

Frequently used in Psychological Thriller works.

Indexes: Narrator Tropes, Externalizing Internal Monologue, Speeches and Monologues


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  • Chalion: ZCE.
  • Ulysses: As seen here, in the unbolded sections:
    • He bent down to regard a lean file of spearmint growing by the wall. Make a summerhouse here. Scarlet runners. Virginia creepers. Want to manure the whole place over, scabby soil. A coat of liver of sulphur. All soil like that without dung. Household slops. Loam, what is this that is? The hens in the next garden: their droppings are very good top dressing. Best of all though are the cattle, especially when they are fed on those oilcakes. Mulch of dung. Best thing to clean ladies' kid gloves. Dirty cleans. Ashes too. Reclaim the whole place. Grow peas in that corner there. Lettuce. Always have fresh greens then. Still gardens have their drawbacks. That bee or bluebottle here Whitmonday.
    • He walked on. Where is my hat, by the way? Must have put it back on the peg. Or hanging up on the floor. Funny, I don't remember that. Hallstand too full. Four umbrellas, her raincloak. Picking up the letters. Drago's shopbell ringing. Queer I was just thinking that moment. Brown brilliantined hair over his collar. Just had a wash and brushup. Wonder have I time for a bath this morning. Tara street. Chap in the paybox there got away James Stephens they say. O'Brien.
  • Götz and Meyer: ZCE.
  • Julio Cortázar's works, such as Hopscotch: ZCE.
  • The Hunger Games: ZCE.
  • Stephen King's works. ZCE.
  • Tristram Shandy: ZCE.
  • Protect and Survive: A Timeline: The Inner Monologue of the characters is like this. ... Why is this connecting SOC to Inner Monologue, if they're different? ZCE.
  • The Liar (novel): When Adrian is hooked up to the Mendax. ZCE.
  • Tropic of Cancer: ZCE.
  • William Goldman's works.

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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • October 27, 2009
    /Facepalm! all that typing for nothing
  • October 27, 2011
  • August 25, 2012
    We already have this. See Inner Monologue.
  • April 21, 2018
    ^ Possibly not, according to my ATT.

    Rebooting. ... Not sure if this is a genre. Don't think it is?

    Anyone know what Literature.Gotz And Meyer means by using this in the "lit-crit sense"?
  • April 21, 2018
    ^ might be referring to literary theory?
  • April 21, 2018
    Hmm... Wikipedia says:

    "In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a narrative mode or method that attempts to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind."

    So... What do I do with that here?

    Got all the wicks crosswicked, except the trope subpages, Purple Prose, Postmodernism and a few others.
  • April 21, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
    ^ Got the first already...

    Thanks for the second, it's got Ulysses, so I can get that Context.

    The third... Need to think on how to add that... If it's not more relevant to Inner Monologue alone...
  • April 21, 2018
    Inner Monologue is just any case where you get to hear a character's thoughts. Stream Of Consciousness is where those thoughts are presented unfiltered and unedited. People don't always think in perfect grammar, nor do their thoughts follow a logical progression. Most Inner Monologues clean those bits up to make them read better—the mental equivalent of Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic, basically. Stream Of Consciousness tries to portray how a realistic person actually thinks.

    Also, if the entire story is told in Stream Of Consciousness style, it's often difficult to tell where the external events stop and the inner thoughts start. This reflects how perception can be malleable, and how memories and thoughts seem just as real as physical events to the individual thinking them.

    EDIT: That's Stream Of Consciousness in the lit-crit sense. James Joyce and William Faulkner and the like. What the description in the OP is describing honestly strikes me more as First Person Smartass or Private Eye Monologue than Stream of Consciousness.
  • April 21, 2018
    ^ - Oh. I thought that's what this was, 'cause that's what my understanding of Stream Of Conciousness was. Shoulda checked the original description before I started adding to it.

    Welp, gonna fix that up... Thanks!

    How about now? I drastically shortened it, and maybe a bit repetitive with the first and third paragraphs.
  • April 22, 2018
    Usually one might find some Foreshadowing in between those incoherent thoughts. May involve Freeze Frame Bonus.

    I think The Lego Movie has this happening in Emmet's head, when he touched the "Piece of Resistance" for the first time.
  • April 22, 2018
    ^ - Foreshadowing seems like too vague a connection, sorry. Need examples.

    The Lego Movie: Hmm... Would need confirmation. Don't want more ZC Es...