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Transcript of Mrs Dalloway
War and class
Dynamic of Relationships
Clarissa and Peter- Old Fling demonstrates the love versus marriage. Class Division in the sense she ultimately chooses Richard Dalloway. Peter reminisces over his love Clarissa in his flashbacks.
Clarissa and Sally Seton- Taboo crush-conveys homosexuality and love. Gender is slightly alluded.
Sepitmus and Rezia- Psychosis is the occurring theme-Madness and Unhappiness. Sepitmus refuses to have children, as " mankind should not be allowed to reproduce."
Miss Kilman and Elizabeth- Gender is key point, class division, and homosexuality.
Lady Bruton-Demonstartes the Imperialism in Britain with her intrusive need to involve herself in foreign affairs.
Hugh Whitbred- Aristocrat-Class Division.
1. Between Septimus and Clarissa, what comparisons and contrasts are drawn? Or what primary images are associated with both their characters?
2. The shifts of the past and present helps the development of the character. Do you think this device establishes importance in past influencing the present?
3. What is the significance of the Prime Minister appearance at the party? Is is relevant with Woolf's political views?
The Modern Novel
Media En Res-Fluctuation of internal thoughts between characters-" Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself" (Woolfe 3)
Stream of Consciousness-Interior Monologues
Beyond the Pale-Unconventional Plot
Identity- Deviation from a "Fixed and essential time"(Knapp 31)
Flowers-Aesthetic impression-Comparison to women
Big Ben-Time Factor-Personified
London-Urbanization-Motorcar, skywriting plane, and tolling of bells
Water-Metaphorically utilized to enhance the language.
American Novel exploring the lives of different women interchangebly through different time eras all parallel to themes of lesbianism, pyschosis, and depression. Influenced by the life of Virginia Woolfe and her epic novel Mrs Dalloway.
Septimus Warren Smith
Rezia Warren Smith
"I am going to have a man and woman-show them-growing-never meeting-not knowing each other- however you feel them come nearer and nearer-Woolf qtd. Briggs 87.
By Virginia Woolf
A Writers Life.New York.W.W Norton & Company. 1984. Print
Bell, Quentin.Virginia Woolfe A Biography.New York. Harcourt Brace Jovanich, Inc. 1972. Print
Briggs, Julia.Virginia Woolfe An Inner Life. London,Harcourt Inc. 2005. Print
Knapp, James. , ed. Experiencing Modernity in Mrs Dalloway. New York. The Modern Language Association of America. 2009. Print
McLeer, Karen. , ed. Wading into the Narrative Stream. New York. The Modern Language Association of America. 2009. Print.
Childress, Marcia. , ed. Life in the Professions. New York. The Modern Language Association of America. 2009. Print.
Shmoop Editorial Team. "Mrs Dalloway Summary." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 20 May 2014.
"Narrative of their own Creation, can move between interior thoughts and exterior events." (McLeer 103)
Clarissa and Septimus
"the sound of the bell flooded the room with its melachonly wave." (Woolf 118)
"prefer flowers to Armenians"-Clarissa Dalloway
"Disillusionment of people after the war carrying on with their frivolous lives as they were." (Briggs 110)
"Interior monologues that would, in the lived world of character, remain unheard, unnoticed,forgotten. (Bell 36)
"The goal of theses framing activities is to arrive at a working definition of modernism that stresses formal experimentation and interest in the psychological and emotional conditions of existence" (Childress 45)
*The climaxes of the story are the party and the suicide.
Shell Shock- Septimus is the prime example having visions of Evans and crying out loud he will kill himself. " the backfiring of the car as a representation of general post war nervousness. Or where Lady Bexborough opens a bazaar where her son was just killed." (Gordon 69)
Suicide- Septimus ends his life, Rezia loses her husband in turn making her a victim of the war. Clarissa contemplates the idea of suicide after overhearing it at her party.
Modern Medicine-Dr Holmes and Dr. Bradshaw are a mockery of psychology and Septimus comments on their social status compared to his mental anguish.
Imperialism-Peter Walsh and his trips to India, and Lady Brouton's political initiatives. As well as the arrival of the Prime Minister at the party.
Snobbery-Clarissa's disdain for Miss Kilman, Clarissa feeling upset over not being invited to lunch, and Ellie Henderson's presence at the party.
Feminism-Elizabeth is the non conformist who strives to do other work than that of high society. "Elizabeth riding on the top of the bus, feels that her identity is her own hands, she can do anything." (Knapp 31)