What is the significance of the title "Mrs. Dalloway"?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Woolf once wrote that, "All human relations have shifted—those between masters and servants, husbands and wives, parents and children. And when human relations change there is at the same time a change in religion, conduct, politics, and literature."  If this is to be understood in its fullest form, then then title being the name of Clarissa Dalloway is important because it is through Clarissa and her party that we fully understand the force of Woolf's statement.  The title becomes very appropriate because it is through Clarissa that we see how all "relations" have changed.  Clarissa is the prism by which we see women and their roles change, people and their perceptions change, and it is through Clarissa and the people who attend her party that we fully grasp the divergence, and possible fragmentation, of society and human psyches.  Her name should be in the title because she occupies the central force of the novel.

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