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Why is there no plot in "Kew Gardens" by Virginia Woolf?

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Although we can’t know for certain why Virginia Woolf chose not to use a traditional plot structure (i.e., conflict, climax, and resolution) in her story “Kew Gardens,” we can surmise, based on this story and on others of Woolf’s work, such as the multiple plotlines of her novel Mrs. Dalloway , that Woolf is more interested in the ways in which the random nature of our interactions with each other and the world around us forms meaning than in making an orderly kind of sense. “Kew Gardens” focuses on one small part of a city park, and the reader overhears the conversations of various people who pass through. The story is a commentary on what our seemingly random decisions and fates can mean for our lives. Each of the inhabitants...

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