Modernism and Virginia Woolf Essay

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Woolf’s narrative style literary called stream of consciousness, correspond to the perception of time, which has to be viewed as the vital element of modernity. Therefore, before addressing to Woolf’s literary style it is necessary to describe how modernist authors were influenced by the new concept of time. Time has experienced by modernist author as a phenomenon in which past, present and future are juxtaposed at the same time; therefore, time is not the representative of chronological moment. In this sense, our experience of life is not restricted to presence rather it is a combination of unfulfilled wishes, memories and desires. To describe the concept of time in modernism, Tim Armstrong writes: the dynamization of temporality is one…show more content…
In order to complete her literary form and to convey the Continuous flow, she avoids dividing the novel into chapters.
Moreover, she applies interior monologue which has the best function to imply the stream of consciousness. The most innovative and creative part of the novel consists of the subjective experience of the protagonist ‘Clarissa’ and other central characters of the novel over a single day; hereby, the reader has right to enter the thought of characters which implicitly engages her/him to make own perception of characters by existing in their minds. Woolf describes this literary style in her essay “Modern Fiction” and writes: “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness”. The best example of the stream of consciousness and the interior monologue in “Mrs. Dalloway” is the second paragraph of the novel: “What a lark! What a plunge! For so it had always seemed to her when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which she could hear now, she had burst open the French windows and plunged at Bourton into the open air. How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; like the flap of a

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