Analysis of Mrs. Dalloway by – Virginia Woolf Essay

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Analysis of Mrs. Dalloway by – Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway, published in 1925, is a romantic drama with deep psychological approaching in to the world of urban English society in the summer of 1923, five years after the end of World War I.
The book begins in the morning with the arrangements for a party Clarissa Dalloway will give and it ends late in the evening when the guests are all leaving. There are many flashbacks to tell us the past of each character, but it does not leave the range of those few hours. It presents several stream-of-consciousness devices: indirect interior monologue, time and space montage, flashbacks and psychological free association based mainly on memory, with the support of imagination and the senses
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The lines from Cymbeline besides constituting a leitmotif also serve as a powerful indication of Clarissa and Septimus relationship as doubles. Septimus' sensibility is the same as Clarissa's, but he does not control it as she does. She retains her awareness of reality while she responds to it. Septimus, by contrast, is not always able to distinguish between his personal response and the external reality in his madness, he feels that if the birds sing they must be speaking to him; if the aero plane writes in the sky it must be signaling to him. Even though the two never meet, these two correspond in that they attempt to maintain possession of themselves, of their souls.
Almost all the "action" occurs in the thoughts of characters, and, the reader must piece together the story from random pieces of information that Woolf provides. The point of view changes from one character to the other so naturally that the reader only realizes it much later. Woolf's characters reveal their depths gradually and slowly; fragments of thought and memory emerge as they respond to and interact with their environment and other characters', and from these fragments we piece together each character's past. While most conventional 3rd person narratives stick close to one character, this narrative gets close to many.
The characters in this type of narrative, especially Mrs. Dalloway are round,

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