Essay on Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Warren Smith

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Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Warren Smith Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Warren Smith are two of the character is in the book Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Warren Smith are unhappy with their lives. Although, Clarissa and Septimus are both unhappy the basis for their unhappiness stems from different reasons and/or events that have happened in their lives. But the both fear the can not feel as others feel. Clarissa Dalloway, a middle aged upper class woman, is unhappy because of choices she has made in her life she also fears that she can not feel things as others do. Septimus Smith, a World War I veteran, is unhappy because of effects of the war. Septimus worries that when Evan’s died he did not…show more content…
Clarissa goes on with the description saying she is “nothing….this being Mrs. Dalloway; not even Clarissa anymore; this being Mrs. Richard Dalloway.” () Clarissa feels she is unimportant, that she has no self-identity, no purpose in life. Clarissa believes one of her duties being Mrs. Richard Dalloway is to throw lavish parties. Although, Clarissa enjoys throwing these parties also feels unsuccessful as a hostess. Party planning consumes her entire life and then she constantly worries that the party will be disastrous. Miss Kilman, Elizabeth’s tutor, does not like Clarissa and the feeling is mutual for Clarissa. Clarissa feels inferior toward Miss Kidman this is noted by the line “she was never in the room five minutes without making you feel her superiority, your inferiority…” (12) Clarissa feels like Miss Kilman is the enemy, like Miss Kilman is stealing Elizabeth from her. Clarissa is jealous because Miss Kilman seems to have a better relationship with her daughter than Clarissa does herself. Clarissa Dalloway always wanted to be a high society wife. Now that she is Mrs. Richard Dalloway she is realizing that her life is not as happy as she thought it would be. Although, Clarissa believes she made the correct choice in marrying Richard she thinks about Peter quite a bit, she feels being Mrs. Richard Dalloway leaves her with no identity. Clarissa enjoys throwing parties but the planning of the party consumes her and she dwells on the outcome
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