What is the first 100 pages about The Hours? by Michael Cunningham?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The basic exposition of the novel is established in the first 100 pages.  No doubt, Cunningham's work is a challenge because it is playing with three different stories at three different times.  The only connection between them is a thematic one in terms of defining the experience of being a woman.  Woolf, Vaughn, and Brown are all protagonists that end up demonstrating much of the basic theme in the articulation of the modern feminine condition.  The first 100 pages goes far in establishing their own characterizations and how these elements help to develop connection with the theme of the novel.  Much of the basic elements of these characters are revealed.  Richard's intensity is present, along with his nickname for Clarissa of "Mrs. Dalloway."  At the same time, the condition of Laura Brown is also present in terms of her suffocation at the hands of what it means to be a housewife in the 1950s time frame.  In this, we also see much of Virginia Woolf, most notably her "purposely" manner of walking in the water in the prologue, something that allows us to better understand her character and how it helps to formulate the condition of the other protagonists in the novel from a thematic point of view.