Consciousness and Creation


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Consciousness and Creation
The similarities among these four great works—Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Death in Venice, To the Lighthouse, and Swann’s Way—are many, but the most striking similarity is the expansiveness and reverence for consciousness itself. In these four novels, we see that the consciousness of what is important, even of time, has changed. The theories of science and psychology had changed people’s ideas of reality. The old order was breaking up, and people were questioning Victorian conventions. Industry had created the growth of cities, and the individual seemed like a cog in a machine. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (1905) forced us to re-examine the nature of reality. The writer wanted to redefine the...
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