Use of Time in Waiting for Godot and Mrs. Dalloway Essay

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American writer, historian, and philosopher, Will Durant once said "So the story of man runs in a dreary circle, because he is not yet master of the earth that holds him." The earth or concept, rather, that holds man in a dreary cycle in this case is Time because it is an important concept. Time in literature is important to understand because it seems to play such a vital role of texts and helps the reader understand them better. Not only that, time can also be seen as an underlying theme that is significant because it questions and influences the structure of the story including the characters actions, dialogues, or story's plot, setting, etc. Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” use time to show …show more content…

“VLADIMIR: He didn't say for sure he'd come / ESTRAGON: And if he doesn't come? / VLADIMIR: We'll come back tomorrow / ESTRAGON: And then the day after tomorrow. / VLADIMIR: Possibly. / ESTRAGON: And so on. / VLADIMIR: The point is— / ESTRAGON: Until he comes. / VLADIMIR: You're merciless. / ESTRAGON: We came here yesterday. / VLADIMIR: Ah no, there you're mistaken.” (111-121)
"Mrs. Dalloway" written by Virginia Woolf is about the fictional life of a character by the name of Clarrisa Dalloway, who is seen to be this high class woman living in an era after the war, who is preparing for a party that she is to be hosting later on. Virginia Woolf seemed to use time as a main part of the setting of her story too by setting it in the morning and ending the next day at three in the morning. Using time like this is significant because then now the reader must really pay attention since every detail seems important. For example when characters reflect on past incidents that happened in their lives and then the story suddenly turns back into the present and in reality of the story a few minutes have only gone by. An example of that is when Clarrisa reflects her youth, "What a lark! What a plunge! For so it had always seemed to her, when, with a little squeak of the hinges,

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