This is the historical setting of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Clarissa Dalloway is throwing a party, and the day reveals unmet needs and social issues that people of her class prefer to ignore. Woolf uses an…
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Mrs. Dalloway asks readers to read between the lines and to analyze the meanings of words, images, and memories to the characters and their society. Mrs. Dalloway represents despair because of repression and isolation that social class, faith, and science cannot remove, although the novel suggests that through love and career, some people can have enough hope to find meaning in their lives.
Mrs. Dalloway feels despair because of her repressed life that the traditional social order imposes on her. Conventional society has gender and social status norms and all of these repress Mrs. Dalloway. Even before she got married, Clarissa feels something missing in her life, which she remembers when she goes to shop for flowers for her party: “She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day” (Woolf Section 1). She feels it dangerous to live probably because she cannot live the life she wants because society will reject her. One of the hidden lives that Clarissa has is being a lesbian. She does not want to fully admit it to herself, but her relationship with Sally Seton has a romantic side. When Sally kissed her before, Clarissa felt something new, something better in her life: “…the radiance burnt through, the revelation, the religious feeling!” (Woolf Section 2). The revelation is her attraction for the same sex, while the religious feeling is finding purity in truth. Clarissa knows, however, that her society despises gay people, so she decides to stick to gender norms and to marry Richard Dalloway instead. He presents socio-economic comforts, which Clarissa justifies she needs better than her suitor’s, Peter Walsh’s promise of an adventurous life in traveling. Furthermore, the title itself reveals how oppressed Clarissa is as a woman. Mrs. Dalloway means that she has no
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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.
Lai had visualized it as the best and the biggest world brand in the apparel retailing. Its mission was therefore clearly defined as to make people feel good and look great (Wirtz, 2007). Thus, people became its key focus area around which centred its products and services.
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.
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