Mrs. Dalloway By Virginia Woolf

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In the book Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, it is evident that the main character, Clarissa Dalloway, double persona is Septimus Smith. While Clarissa proves to be more rational, Septimus is irrational. Clarissa shows optimism with her life and finding her true identity while Septimus is someone who experiencing insanity and madness. Although she never meets him and their lives are vastly different, the two characters actually mirror each other. Clarissa and Septimus share many characteristics and think in similar manners. Septimus serves as a contrast between the veteran working class and upper class. Throughout the book, Septimus’ thoughts parallel Clarissa’s and can be seen as an echo in some ways. This illustrates how the line between sanity and insanity can become blurred. Both characters have similar experiences, but how they go about interpreting them and finding deeper meaning about it differ because of their different personalities and experiences. Clarissa and Septimus heavily think about their past memories and events. The memories cause them both to contemplate how the experiences changed and impacted their life. Clarissa’s memories of her past thinking about her friends make her want to think deeply about the past and get swept up in the feelings with her thoughts. When Clarissa is in St. James’ Park, she feels the wind and freeness associated with it as she recalls memories of Peter Walsh, her former lover. Walking she reminisces: “If he were with me now what

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