Compare The Hours by Stephen Daldry to Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

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The movie version of The Hours by Daldry is different from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf in many ways. First, the movie is framed by Virginia Woolf's suicide by filling her pockets with stones and entering a river near her house. Virginia Woolf's own story is not part of Mrs. Dalloway, but it is part of Daldry's movie, in which Virginia Woolf is depicted as suffering from overwhelming depression and suicidal wishes.

Another difference is the addition in the movie of the story of Laura, a stay-at-home mother in the 1950s who also considers committing suicide but is buoyed by Virginia Woolf's writing. In the novel, Mrs. Dalloway gives a party for her former lover, Peter, while being married to her husband, Richard. The action takes place in a single day. In the movie, Clarissa gives a party for Richard, and she is now in a relationship with a woman. Though elements of the plot are different, both the novel and the movie concentrate on women's connections with people from their past and present...

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