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Describe instances when the point of view in Mrs Dalloway changes, considering how Woolf accomplishes the transitions.

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There are a good number of instances where Woolf changes the focalizing character although it is not precisely correct to say she changes the point of view. The point of view all throughout is given by a third person narrator who focalizes the story through one then another then another character. Technically, this is an omniscient third person narrator who has access to the thoughts, feelings and motives of any or all characters. Experientially, though, it may feel to some more like limited third person because of the techniques Woolf uses including pervasive stream of consciousness. Here are a few random quotes to establish point of view is consistently a third person narrator.

Beginning: "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." [she, herself]
Middle: "For example, Lady Bradshaw. Fifteen years ago she had gone under. ... Sweet was her smile ...." [she, her]
End: "he sat on for a moment. ... what is this ecstasy? he thought to himself.
   "It is Clarissa, he said." [he, himself]


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