Virginia Woolf & Mrs. Dalloway
Created on February 9, 2024
Emily Berardicurti, Alice Alfano
a revolutionary writer••
- Pioneer of the feminist movement
- One of the founder of the Bloomsbury Set
- Her writings are the reflection of her divergent thought
- The technique used is a revisited stream of consciousness
- Unbalanced mind
One of her masterpieces
It is a romance whose plot takes place over the course of a day in June, 1923.The protagonist is Clarisssa, Mrs. Dalloway, a middle-aged woman recently recovered from an illness, but the reader gets inside every character's mind, especially the one of Septimus Warren Smith, thanks to the use of the interior monologue.It was published in 1925 and it leads the reader to ponder on the beauty and the real purpouse of life.
FOCUS ON CLARISSA
'Oh if she could have had her life over again! she thought, stepping on to the pavement, could have looked even differently!She would have been, in the first place, dark like Lady Bexborough, with a skin of crumpled leather and beautiful eyes. She would have been, like Lady Bexborough, slow and stately; rather large; interested in politics like a man; with a country house; very dignified, very sincere.Instead of which she had a narrow pea-stick figure; a ridiculous little face, beaked like a bird's. That she held herself well was true; and had nice hands and feet; and dressed well, considering that she spent little.But often now this body she wore (she stopped to look at a Dutchpicture), this body, with all its capacities, seemed nothing - nothing at all. She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible; unseen; unknown; there being no more marrying, no more having of children now, but only this astonishing and rather solemn progress with the rest of them, up Bond Street, this being Mrs. Dalloway; not even Clarissa any more; this being Mrs. Richard Dalloway.'
THE DUALISM BETWEEN CLARISSa & Mrs. dalloway
- She's the author of Mrs. Dalloway thoughts
- Always overthinking about every aspect of her life and the meaning behind it
- Nostalgic person who is doomed to her moment of being.
- Meticulous and perfectionist woman
- Confident and capricious
- Her attitude is strictly related to the image that people have of her personality
"Sinking her voice, drawing Mrs. Dalloway into the shelter of a common femininity, a common pride in the illustrious qualities of husbands and their sad tendency to overwork, Lady Bradshaw (poor goose — one didn't dislike her) murmured how, "just as we were starting, my husband was called up on the telephone, a very sad case. A young man (that is what Sir William is telling Mr. Dalloway) had killed himself.He had been in the army." Oh! thought Clarissa, in the middle of my party, here's death, she thought.She went on, into the little room where the Prime Minister had gone with Lady Bruton. Perhaps there was somebody there. But there was nobody. The chairs still kept the impress of the Prime Minister and Lady Bruton, she turned deferentially, he sitting four-square, authoritatively.They had been talking about India. There was nobody. The party's splendour fell to the floor, so strange it was to come in alone in her finery.What business had the Bradshaws to talk of death at her party? A young man had killed himself. And they talked of it at her party - the Bradshaws, talked of death. He had killed himself - but how? Always her body went through it first, when she was told, suddenly, of an accident; her dress flamed, her body burnt. He had thrown himself from a window. Up had flashed the ground; through him, blundering, bruising, went the rusty spikes. There he lay with a thud, thud, thud in his brain, and then a suffocation of blackness. So she saw it. But why had he done it? And the Bradshaws talked of it at her party!''
THE DEATH & the characters
Septimus Warren Smith
He preferred death rather than living in the terror
THE FRACTURE OF THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP
His hopes of marrying Clarissa were utterly dashed
THE LACK OF PASSION IN MRS. DALLOWAY'S MARRIAGE WITH RICHARD
Elizabeth is more attached to Miss Killman
It is a "wave novel" because it continually rises from life to death, from conquest to loss.It highlights the impossibility of the human being to move forward his past without facing the reality.
A "Wave novel" and the importance of time
Originally, the novel was meant to be titled "The Hours", due to the essential role that Time plays in the development of the story with the chimes of the Big Ben clock.Virginia Woolf made this choice in order to highlight how past, present and future could can actually coexist together in the same dimension, the conscious one.