Mrs. Dalloway By Virginia Woolf

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Mrs.Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf in 1925 is about a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway as she gets ready to host a party that evening. Mrs.Dalloway is a stream of consciousness story and the readers get a chance to know not only Clarissa’s though but also other character that have very different lifestyles and social/economic status from Clarissa. The story closely tracks Clarissa, Septimus Warren Smith, Peter Walsh, Miss Kilman and a few other characters. Throughout the day the different characters face different struggles and Woolf shows the reader how each character reacts to their own struggles and their thinking patterns when facing these situations. Mrs. Dalloway is a critique on the class structure and the social structure in the nineteenth century and the everyday struggles faced by people in different social and economic structures. The main protagonist of the story is Clarissa Dalloway, and at the beginning of the story she is going to the town to buy flowers. The first sentence of the book makes it clear that she is going to go buy flowers herself instead of sending a servant. Clarissa is an upper class housewife with many servants. Clarissa is very self-conscious about her role in society, especially London high class society, and embraces the social expectations of a upper class wife. During her walk to the marker she thinks about her friends, her lovers, and all of her dreams. She is disappointed with her life and imagines of having her life

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