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Mrs. Dalloway

In her novel Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf uses a blended narration. She employs a third-person narrator, but through that narrator, she also offers a stream of consciousness that relates Clarissa...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

It would be easy to say that the novel is titled Mrs. Dalloway because it is the name of the main character; and while this is true, it does not adequately convey just how central Mrs. Dalloway...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

The whole novel has been building to the culmination of Mrs. Dalloway's party. Mrs. Dalloway has spent the day preparing for it, and as she has done so, we have followed her thoughts--her stream of...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020, 8:38 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Septimus Smith and Clarissa Dalloway are two of the most notable characters in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Although the two characters never meet, the connection between them plays a...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

For Clarissa Dalloway, flowers primarily represent the joy and beauty of life. They also have a more conventional meaning, as they are associated with love and femininity. In relation to the...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2018, 10:57 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Clarissa's throwing parties is more concerned with her innate love of life than with trying to please other people. Having said that, Clarissa does want those who attend her parties to enjoy...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 10:47 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Rezia's reaction to her husband's death is seemingly one of acceptance. She is not described as having much of a reaction at all, which makes sense considering all the times she has witnessed...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

In a novel that takes places fewer than five years after the First World War ended, the impact of the war itself and of the returning soldiers’ difficulties is omnipresent in London. The narrator...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 4:57 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

In the novel, Clarissa Dalloway represses her talents and desires to conform to her socially prescribed role as a woman. She becomes the perfect society hostess and the active, vigilant supporter...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019, 6:04 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

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...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2012, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Peter Walsh reappears in London from India after an absence of about six years. He is a youthful suitor of Clarissa Dalloway from many years ago and is still in love with her after all these years....

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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Septimus Smith is a sensitive young man who fought in World War I. As a result of that experience, he has PTSD, or, as it was then called, shell shock. He experiences delusional and suicidal...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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Sally Seton has a huge influence on Clarissa Dalloway's character when the two are young women and part of the same circle of friends. In the present day of the novel, both women are married and...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018, 3:22 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway is a character very much concerned with outward appearances. The passage can be thought of as evidence of the public–private divide in that her thoughts about her own mortality are...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Woolf tells us in the introduction to the 1928 eidtion of her book that Septimus is intended to be the double of Mrs. Dalloway.  Indeed, she first thought that he might live while...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2007, 5:17 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

This pathbreaking novel is told entirely through stream of consciousness. In other words, there is no outside narrator setting up and describing the scene or telling us, as readers, what to think....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019, 5:02 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Miss Kilman is presented as a character who harbours feelings for Elizabeth that are so strong she feels overpowered by them. She is well aware that she loves Elizabeth with a love that is...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012, 8:56 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

In Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, the importance of motherhood to Mrs. Dalloway is that, in some ways, motherhood gives her life a sense of purpose. She says, Sometimes lately it had seemed to...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 10:22 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Clarissa Dalloway spends much of the novel reminiscing about one eventful summer at Bourton—her childhood country home—when she was a teenager. It was here that the most significant characters in...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2018, 11:23 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway utlizes a third person narrator who is “omniscient” in the sense that the narrator has access, to some degree, to the thoughts of all the characters. The novel also employs what is...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf uses Big Ben to represent, quite literally, the passing of time. The clock strikes the hours throughout the story to remind the reader, and the characters, that the day is continuing...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

There are several ways in which one can see Mrs. Dalloway as a Modernist novel. The mose dominant is that the novel's premise marks a "shift" in both content and narrative style. When Woolf...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2013, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

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...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

The main stylistic feature of Woolf's writing in this novel, and generally in her other texts, is the way that she uses a particular style of narration to express the thoughts and feelings of her...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013, 6:35 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Woolf spends much time inside Clarissa Dalloway's head, recording her thoughts as she thinks them in stream-of-consciousness. Through her thoughts, Clarissa becomes compelling to us, first, because...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020, 6:36 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

The main function of Peter Walsh, if we look at the text, is the way that he represents a profound ambivalence towards life. He acts as a foil to the stable Richard, whom he finds extremely boring...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Characters in Mrs. Dalloway are primarily linked through Clarissa Dalloway herself. Most of the characters in the novel have some connection with this title character. Her husband, Richard, and...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 7:46 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway is an excellent novel and just so happens portrays a sexual attraction between two women. It was banned for that simple reason. In literature it is considered a masterpiece and was...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2009, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Modernism is a philosophical and artistic movement that began in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The movement was fueled by a desire to break from tradition in order to more...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020, 2:56 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Time (and the passage of time) is one of the most important themes in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. More specifically, the novel is largely about middle-aged people thinking about their youth and...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf does an excellent job at subverting the stylistic devices used in her novel Mrs. Dalloway. The way she does this is by using pure realism to explain (quite respectfully) topics that...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011, 8:18 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Michael Cunningham superimposes certain characters from Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway into The Hours. For example, Cunningham's Clarissa Vaughn is essentially Virginia Woolf's Clarissa Dalloway....

Latest answer posted December 6, 2016, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

I would argue that it might be best to keep Woolf's phrasing in its most simple terms as possible. Part of her gift is that she is able to develop ideas and notions that really challenge one's...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012, 10:47 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

I think that if you are assessing the role of memory in the Woolf work, you would have to engage into how the past filters into present and future. The vision of consciousness that Woolf offers is...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012, 7:31 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Prufrock and Peter Walsh are alike in that they are both middle-aged men who are dogged by a sense of having failed to achieve the dream that propelled them when they were young. Walsh's dream was...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2021, 9:04 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

This excerpt, which appears at the beginning of Mrs. Dalloway, explains Clarissa's outlook in life. She does not feel worried about her eventual death or about mortality as a whole, because she...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020, 1:03 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway and Septimus Smith are connected early in the novel by the invisible thread of the motor car that captures everyone's attention as it pulls up to the sidewalk in front of Mrs....

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf explores the internal lives of her characters, which is why this novel is such a significant work of modernist literature. By presenting the inner workings of each major...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018, 10:07 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf is trying to capture the subjectivity of knowledge and experience in Mrs. Dalloway. She reacted quite strongly against Edwardian novelists like Arnold Bennett, who created realism...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019, 10:43 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Confinement is permeates the plot as one of the central themes of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. It is a theme that applies not only to the eponymous main character and to the character of...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2013, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

On a very fundamental level, London is home to Clarissa Dalloway because she lives there (and has lived there for quite some time when the book begins). However, London is home to Clarissa for more...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Part of modernism, as a general movement, can be described as "a response to rapid change." Mrs. Dalloway explores many characters that go through internal changes as a result of age, changing...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012, 6:11 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s classic example of modernist fiction, Mrs. Dalloway, is a unique literary experiment for a number of reasons. Chief among them is the fact that this novel only covers one day in...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 9:51 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

In the Regent's Park episode we are privy to Peter Walsh's stream of consciousness thoughts, and Peter, Rezia, and Septimus briefly see each other, though they don't know each other. In Mrs....

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Specifically, I think you could approach a Marxist reading of Mrs. Dalloway by analyzing Clarissa Dalloway's relationship to Miss Kilman. A working single woman who scrapes by financially through...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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Virginia Woolf belongs to a historical group of writers called "modernists" who wrote in a style called "modernism." Literary modernism emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century, and also...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016, 12:51 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

In 1984 John Barth published an article titled "The Literature of Replenishment" in Friday Book: Essays and Other Non-Fiction (John Hopkins Press)where modern novel is defined, among other things,...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2013, 2:29 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

I tend to think that Mrs. Dalloway can be best seen as a Modernist work and this becomes the best lens with which to analyze and interpret it. When Woolf writes about Modernism, she seems to be...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2013, 10:32 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway is primarily not a comic novel, dealing as it does with suicide, loss, compromise, failure, aging, the inability of the medical system to treat mental illness, and the repercussions...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018, 1:08 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Dalloway

The film The Hours was first released in 2002. The film is directly linked to the novel Mrs. Dalloway, which was written by Virginia Woolf and first published in 1925. Virginia Woolf herself is one...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 9:51 am (UTC)

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