Adaptations of Virginia Wolfe Essay

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In approaching a topic such as adaptations, one has to first understand what exactly adaptation means and how it is applied to such works to get the product the "adapter" is trying to create and for what reasons they are "adapting" for. The American Heritage Dictionary defines Adaptation as the following: "1(a). The act for process of adapting. 1(b). The state of being adapted. 2. A composition recast into a new form: "The play is an adaptation of a short novel." 3. An alteration or adjustment by which a species or individual improves its condition in relationship to its environment. (10)" The definition that we'll be looking at closely is the second one; "a composition recast into a new form." The…show more content…
Woolf takes the reader on a psychological roller coaster with flashbacks to Mrs. Dalloway's' life, specifically her teen-age to college years. She shows us all of the decisions Dalloway had to make and how those decisions had shaped her life. Clarissa Dalloway had chosen a life that would be safe for her, by marrying well and having a child, by living the proper political life. Throughout the novel, Clarissa thinks back onto how she could have had a life of sexual freedom and excitement with Richard, her ex-lover from her college years. Of course this is all put into play by the arrival of him from India, because she hadn't seen him in a very long time. All of these occurrences and flashbacks just add to Clarissa's growing-depression that she barely is able to hold onto in the story. The most interesting and most significant aspect of Mrs. Dalloway is that it takes place in one day, which is what Cunningham and Daldry built their book and movie off of. The idea of telling a story of a woman's thoughts in one day is an amazing one because it is so intrinsic and specific that going past one day would take forever to divulge and digest. One of the most important parts of Mrs. Dalloway is the relationship between Septimus and Clarissa. Woolf uses Septimus, a war veteran who's got shell shock, as the alternate persona to Clarissa. I like to think that Septimus was the brain and

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