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The Importance of Flowers in Mrs.Dalloway and The Hours

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Aljoscha Piech

on 12 December 2012

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Transcript of The Importance of Flowers in Mrs.Dalloway and The Hours

Flowers Mrs. Dalloway
The Hours
Aljoscha Piech Important Citations
about flowers The Hours Importance Flowers, particularly roses,
have different meanings for
each of the major characters Flowers and Water Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway Clarissa Vaughan
The Hours A bird's funeral suddenly
becomes the occasion for
Virginia to ponder her own deathwish.
The Hours Color,Variety and Beauty Love Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway "Sally,
I think I'll buy the flowers myself."
"Virginia looks with unanticipated
pleasure at this modest circlet
of thorns and flowers; this
wild deathbed.
She would like to lie
down on it herself." “Moments like this are buds on
the tree of life.
Flowers of darkness they are.” Flowers are the subject of the famous
opening line of Mrs. Dalloway and
appear throughout the The Hours
as tools to brighten moments of
charged emotional intensity. display
emotions Characters who are
comfortable with flowers,
have distinctly different
personalities than those
characters who are not. Clarissa Richard and Lady Bruton Events Clarissa explains that she is on the way
to the flower shop to choose flowers for
her party. Her complex personality is
repetitively related to and soothed by
various images of nature and flowers. Richard handles the the bouquet
of roses awkwardly, like a weapon.
Lady Bruton accepts the flowers
with a “grim smile” and lays them
stiffly by her plate, also unsure
of how to handle them. Clarissa and Sally Clarissa and Sally Clarissa and Richard Clarissa describes her feeling
for Sally as a match that
burns in a crocus. When Sally picked a
flower and kissed her on the lips. This revelation of her deep feelings and their attributions
to nature shows the passionate love that she felt for Sally. Clarissa’s relationship with Richard
is not paralleled with nature, and their
marriage seems to be more of a
compromise; however, Richard seems
to understand the assurance that she
finds in flowers as he hands her a
gift of roses. Virginia Laura Clarissa The roses around the bed of
the dead bird signify rest
and funereal blankness. Laura sees the roses that she
puts on the birthday table for
Dan as a way to make up for
the mental distance she puts
between herself and her family. Clarissa takes great pleasure
in the flowers she buys.
She brings Richard flowers
to brighten his dark
apartment, and she brings
some home to spruce
up her own apartment. "I'm going to
go now.
I've got to get
the flowers in water" beauty or value
for flowers in water
on their way to die and rot.
Plucked from
the soil where they could grow
are now merely being preserved
until decomposition. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would
buy the flowers herself.” thank you for being amazed
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