Role Of Doctors And The Medical System In Mrs Dalloway

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Doctors and The Medical System in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway is a piece of literature that helped to push forward a culture of writing that she felt was otherwise stuck. Along with a style that transcended how people thought about telling a story, was the commentary. The story is riddled with commentary on politics, society, war, class, and the medical system. Virginia Woolf lets her worldviews bleed into her writing in a way that is somehow both subtle and also still direct. She lets the characters have their own experiences and dialogue, which show her views from different perspectives and without just coming out and saying it. The commentary that this is most evident in is Woolf’s commentary on doctors and the medical system as a whole. Throughout Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf shows the incompetence of doctors and the medical system through Clarissa and Septimus’s interactions with them.
As the novel unfolds you begin to see more of the commentary on the medical system leak into the story. When the novel begins, Clarissa is leaving to go out for a walk around the town. Clarissa hasn’t been able to get out as much as she has liked because she has struggled with her own illnesses that have kept her presumably somewhat bed ridden. Although Clarissa’s interactions with the doctors in this story are not necessarily direct, it is made known that she has at least some distain for the time in her life that she was struggling with her health.
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