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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
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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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