Mrs. Dalloway – a story of humanity, time’s effect on the soul and the day’s unfolding tide

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In Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness novel, we follow Clarissa through the unfolding events of one day. The world around her is all-consuming, as are her internal thoughts – bringing back past regrets, and the current state she is in. A trip to buy flowers heightens her awareness that there is a shared sorrow in humanity, but that humanity has the power to build their own happiness as “architects.” Virginia parallels Clarissa’s tenuous state with that of a war veteran battling hallucinations and depression. In a dizzying narrative, the other characters’ thoughts and desires weave in and out like an unpredictable tide. The line which holds these characters together, eventually becomes more apparent by the end of the novel – leaving the reader to question his own life, and how there is often so much wrapped up in a day – as well as a collective experience shared by those around us. We are not alone in our struggles. 

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  1. Pingback: Clarissa Dalloway’s Walk through London, June 16th | Blogging Woolf

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