Interior Monologue of the Short Story "Groom Service"

In the short story of Groom Service by Michael Doris, the interior monologue has been portrayed extensively through the dialogue presented by Martha. At first, when one gets to interaction with Blanche, the author portray Blanche to pause for a long time to reflect on what Martha thinks about her daughter. When she breaks the silence, the author says that Blanche shook her head as if its secrets rolled from side to side. In an interior monologue, a structure of thoughts may be revealed through some sequence. This is what the author is trying to reveal in this case. Blanche is caught in a deep thought that gets her to the point of letting Martha know that had she known that the son she had was better, then she would not have praised Marie. At this point, the author has revealed the power of interior monologue within the mind of Blanche.

A deeper expression of an interior monologue is presented when the author reveals that in all the entire discussion, Martha’s mind was elsewhere “he thought were elsewhere”. Joyce, (p25), notes that such expressions presented through the third person such as “her thoughts turned…” connotes a strong expression of interior monologue. In the story, one is able to relive the feelings of the Martha in the entire dialogue.

Michael Doris does not reveal to the reader that the dialogue is in his mind, but systematically uses the characters, especially Martha to express the feelings of the women on arranging for marriages between their children. In the mind of Martha, the author portrays how an arrangement of marriage could have taken the women such a short time in a simple place.


Works Cited
James, Joyce. Interior Monologue. Berlin: Springer, 2004. Print.

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