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Mrs. Dalloway

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

In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf employs a third-person omniscient narrator. The narrator is privy to Mrs. Dalloway's private thoughts, such as in the following opening scene. Mrs. Dalloway is on her way to...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2017 12:16 am UTC

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What is the significance of Clarissa's party in 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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How is Mrs Dalloway a Modernist novel?

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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What do the flowers in Mrs Dalloway  represent?

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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What is the significance of the title 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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In Mrs. Dalloway, does Clarissa host parties because of her innate desire to bring people together or simply because...

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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What is the relationship between Septimus and Clarissa in 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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What kinds of love are depicted in Mrs. Dalloway and how are they relevant to the narrative and to the genre of...

Woolf depicts love in many forms in her novel Mrs. Dalloway, but one form of love that is particularly representative of the Modernist outlook is the love that Doris Kilman secretly feels towards...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 8:48 am UTC

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How does Septimus' death affect Clarissa and Lucrezia in "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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Explain the narrative mode of Mrs. Dalloway by taking the Regent’s Park episode as an example.

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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What is the importance of war in 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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What are the similarities between Septimus and Clarissa in 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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What are some ways Mrs. Dalloway reflects its contemporary time?    

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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What is the importance of motherhood in 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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What narrative techniques are significant in Virginia Woolf's 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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Describe instances when the point of view in Mrs Dalloway changes, considering how Woolf accomplishes the transitions.

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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Why did Septimus Warren Smith commit suicide?

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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What are some quotes from Mrs. Dalloway that communicate Miss Kilman as a lesbian?

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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How are the themes of repression and oppression are presented in 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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In Mrs. Dalloway, why did Clarissa reject Peter Walsh and marry Richard? Does she regret her decision? Is theirs a...

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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What role does Sally Seton play in Clarissa’s life, in Woolf's Mrs Dalloway?

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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How does Virginia Woolf uses the narrative technique “stream of consciousness" in her novel 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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How is the issue of confinement explored in 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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What is the significance of Peter Walsh to Mrs. Dalloway in Virginia Woolf's 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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Time acts as the major structural organizational element in Mrs. Dalloway. Discuss with reference to the technique of...

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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Elucidate the theme of communication versus privacy in 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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What is the importance of the many minor characters to Woolf's novel, Mrs Dalloway, as a whole?

Well this is the question, isn't it? Especially when you think of the scenes like the introduction of random "commoners" and "men without occupation" in front of Buckingham Palace. They are brought...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2012 7:42 pm UTC

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What truth becomes clear to Clarissa, in Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, on Septimus’s death?

In Virginia Woolf'sMrs. Dallowaythe main character, Clarissa, is a woman whose class and status in society, as well as her upbringing, has deprived her of a much-needed separate time for...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012 5:55 pm UTC

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Why was "Mrs. Dalloway," by Virginia Woolf, banned?

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

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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"Peter Walsh is introduced into the novel to share Clarissa Dalloway’s past." Discuss with reference to 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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How does marxist critism apply to 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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What effect is Woolf striving for in Mrs. Dalloway? How does she create that effect?

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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What can I include in an analysis of theme of memories in 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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Please analyse the phrase "First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the...

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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London represents home to Clarissain in Mrs. Dalloway Explain ?

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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Examine which is the best critical theory (approach) to analyse and interpret Mrs Dalloway: Liberal humanism,...

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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Analyze Mrs. Dalloway's character. How is her personality formed? How is she described? How does her character relate...

Throughout Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf shows the conflicts that Clarissa Dalloway constantly experiences. Although she is a sensitive person who often reflects on her emotional reactions to...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020 11:14 pm UTC

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What is the connection between Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours? How does Michael Cunnningham use characters, ideas, and...

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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Discuss the modernist characteristics of fiction with respect to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dolloway.

Several modernist characteristics of Mrs. Dalloway are as follows: The novel is written in stream-of-consciousness style. This means we see the world through inside of the characters' minds. This...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 10:26 pm UTC

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In Mrs. Dalloway, how does Virginia Woolf treat sexual attraction?

Sexuality, particularly the type of sexual attraction that Clarissa detects in herself, is treated in a very delicate manner and giving specific consideration to the circumstances of the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2011 5:13 am UTC

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An in-depth explanation as to which of the three seems to be the most modernist novel: Mrs. Dalloway, The Great...

The modernist Literature movement ushered in what Ezra Pound characterized as the new spirit of the ages in his maxim 'Make it new.' Pound was one of the major figures of the Modernist movement....

Latest answer posted March 6, 2015 6:03 pm UTC

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Does the narrative timeline of Mrs. Dalloway have any relation with chronological time?

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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How does Virginia Woolf use Big Ben as a literary device throughout the book? What is the significance of the phrase...

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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Explain the narrative mode of Mrs. Dalloway by taking the Regent's Park episode as an example.

Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway is arguably her masterpiece and her most influential work. It is notable for its unconventional structure and experimental narrative technique. As such, it...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 4:39 pm UTC

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What new insight could be produced by stylistics or linguistic analysis apart from the normal 'fragmentation, stream...

Indeed it is true that the stream of consciousness is the most salient element in Mrs. Dalloway, which, as a sample of modernist literature tends to gear toward the introspect world of the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013 12:11 pm UTC

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What would be a good thesis for the question: Despite their different contexts, the characters of Mrs Dalloway and...

I think that your thesis statement is to affirm the question. The question, which itself, is more of a statement, is accurate. There is a distinct feeling of loss, dissatisfaction and exclusion...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013 10:28 am UTC

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Find examples in Mrs. Dalloway of how "the invisible thread" links characters of the novel who are otherwise...

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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How does the following quote from Mrs. Dalloway relate to the conflict between public versus private image? "Did...

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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Where is dialectic materialism shown in Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway?

Dialectical materialism is shown through the characterizations that define the world of Mrs. Dalloway. The definition of dialectical materialism comes from Marx. In the broadest of senses, the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2015 1:10 pm UTC

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