Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

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'Fear no more the heat of the sun.' Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf's fourth novel, offers the reader an impression of a single June day in London in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, the wife of a Conservative member of parliament, is preparing to give an evening party, while the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith hears the birds in Regent's Park chattering in Greek. There seems to be nothing, except perhaps London, to link Clarissa and Septimus. She is middle-aged and prosperous, with a sheltered happy life behind her; Smith is young, poor, and driven to hatred of himself and the whole human race. Yet both share a terror of existence, and sense the pull of death. The world of Mrs Dalloway is evoked in Woolf's famous stream of consciousness style, in a lyrical and haunting language which has made this, from its publication in 1925, one of her most popular more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 119.4 x 198.1 x 22.9mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English, Spanish
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • map
  • 0192839705
  • 9780192839701
  • 555,866

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<p>Viriginia Woolf�¢??s <a href="">Mrs Dalloway</a> was first published in 1925. The novel follows, in her infamous stream-of-consciousness style, one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upper-class housewife. From the first line, Woolf plunges the reader directly into events, in and out of each character's mind, forward and backward in time, to build a full picture of Clarissa's life. Enclosed in her self-reflective soul, Clarissa throws parties in order to add glitter to the surface of her existence. Inwardly, she contemplates aging and suicide, and evaluates past key decisions such as marrying Richard Dalloway and refusing Peter Walsh. Her sacrifice for the sake of living an upper-class life remains a bitter, unhealed hurt.</p> <p>The novel takes place in England post World War I, in 1923. The war was a reality check for a seemingly invincible England. The English largely lost their faith in the power of imperialism, and many citizens like Clarissa felt the failure of the empire echoing their own personal failures. Fear of death is an underlying theme, here, especially for Clarissa, Peter and Septimus. Septimus�¢??s mental illness allows Woolf to criticise the treatment of those suffering from depression, a disease Woolf long struggled with. His ultimate suicide echoes Woolf's personal suicide attempts. Like Septimus, Clarissa feels oppressed by life but unlike him her will to live prevails. The similarity between Woolf's mental suffering and that of Septimus is vital to understanding this superb work.</p> <p>Rasha Anwar</p>show more
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