Characteristics Of Clarissa Dalloway

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Clarissa Dalloway - A Modernist Conceived Character

Modernism in European literature developed highly between the 1900 and 1920 although its beginning is often associated with Virginia Woolf’s statement that human nature went through a fundamental change "on or about December 1910."(Woolf, 1966: 319). Modernism is generally characterized by a brake with the traditional writing, a desire for experimental literary form and a way of expressing “the new sensibilities of their time” (Childs, 2008: 4).
According to the sociologist Georg Simmel the modernist writers were preoccupied with creating strong individualities able to deal with new problems of life: “The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to …show more content…

She tries to understand the behaviour and life of other people, people she admires and she is tempted to imagine herself a complete different person” Oh, if she could have had her life over again! She thought stepping on to the pavement” (Woolf, 2015:10). She sees herself in the present and feels her identity disintegrating; she becomes an anonymous in society, as “She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible; unseen; unknown; …this being Mrs Dalloway; not even Clarissa anymore; this being Mrs Richard Dalloway” (Woolf, 2015:10), which seems to give her a chance to reflect on the places and things as they used to be and as they …show more content…

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