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Discuss Virginia Woolf's narrative technique in the novel Mrs Dalloway?

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Posted March 2, 2009 at 3:00 PM via web

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Discuss Virginia Woolf's narrative technique in the novel Mrs Dalloway?

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Woolf's narrative technique in Mrs. Dalloway is stream-of-consciousness but a different form than, say, James Joyce. In Mrs. Dalloway, she is thinking a lot and the reader is privy to her constant stream of thoughts. (But it's not written in the first person narrative.)  It feels very self-conscious when you read it; because the things written down on the page are what most people think--inside their heads--however they would never say out loud. This is her narrative style and it shows in Mrs. Dalloway how aware she was of her limited role in society and in her way of seeing herself in an almost objective way. Mrs. Dalloway was a character unto herself. She was herself and , at the same time, she was a character that she could observe.

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