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The first hint of difficulty is Mrs. Dalloways scattered thoughts as she moves back and forth in her mind between the present and the past. While her character is very clear, the narrative does not remain rooted on her, instead flitting back and forth between descriptions of the day and her internal reactions to them. It even takes time to drift into the minds of other people who see her or who are nearby until it finally drifts completely free to settle back down on Mr. Smith for a while. The novel is very difficult to read if you try to keep track of all the characters and details, but if you allow your mind to drift free a little bit like the narrative seems to do, then the book becomes much easier to follow.
Part of what makes Mrs. Dalloway a difficult book to read is because of the way in which its written. The book is written like a constant stream of thought as it flows from one mind to another through the course of a day. Although the main action focuses mostly on Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway and Mr. Septimus Smith, there are many other characters introduced. Thats part of what makes the story so difficult. The reader has to learn how to quickly filter through which characters are important and which ones are just mentioned for the sake of moving the thought around, usually as it makes its way from Mrs. Dalloway to Septimus Smith and back to Mrs. Dalloway again. An example of this comes when Maisie Johnson asks Mr. and Mrs. Smith for directions in Regents Park. The narrative jumps into her head as she makes her way through the park until she is seen by Mrs. Dempster. Mrs. Dempster thinks about her and her likely prospects as compared to the life Mrs. Dempster has lived until she is distracted by the aeroplane in the sky, which is also seen by Mr. Bentley. The way these transitions are carried out is very smooth. As Mr. Bentley watches the plane, he thinks of it as a symbol "of
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The paper analyzes Virginia Woolf’s "Mrs. Dalloway" in the context of modernism. Modernism marks a break with traditions such as Western Christianity and cultural uniformity. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English author who blazed the trail for feminist and modernist expression. Her classic novel characterized by modernist ideals.
In other words, there seems to be specific motives that caused the characters to lead isolated lives. Clarissa refused to get married to Peter Walsh and got married to her husband Richard. Yet over seventeen years later, Peter visits Clarissa and all their talk revolves around their past.
Indeed Clarissa Dalloway physically brings together in a dinner party at her house almost all the main characters alluded to in the novel, if not in the flesh at least in living memory, at the end of the novel. It is possible to note the dichotomy between the characters who share a love of letters and those who do not, and to observe that an antipathy or indifference to literature seems to point to corrosion or corruption of the soul.
In his story, Lord of the Flies, he shows that no matter what influences a person might have acquired and no matter what values he holds, when it comes to the point of survival or even sometimes when we are being provoked too much, we reach the threshold, and give in to these impulses the way animals do.
Dalloway. Mrs. Dalloway is suffused with life, life at its most ordinary, yet sensitively touching on almost every element of significance in life, as Woolf imaginatively portrays an ordinary day in an ordinary woman's life, in post-war London. "Dramatically mixing autobiography and history", Woolf's novel presents "a society divided between those who have profited from the war and thosewho have been destroyed by it.
Mrs. Dalloway, on the other hand, is the life-loving Clarissa: "In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jungle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June" (4).
Even though all of the identified themes provide unique insight into the novel, none do so more than that of the feminist reworking of the patriarchal world.
The feminist reworking of dominant patriarchal
in the middle of June 1924. Though the novel contains multiple themes in it, yet the major topic of the story includes constant flow of ideas and imagination, which draws out quite a new picture of individuals, incidents, places and circumstances after every moment and