A Story that changes views frequently by Nick

by capreviewroom

Mrs. Dalloway a novel by Virginia Woolf tells a story covering one day from morning to night about a woman (Clarissa Dalloway) who is an upper class housewife and the party she plans to host that evening. Surprisingly her long time friend Peter Walsh visits her and asks a sudden question about her happiness but is cut short after Clarissa’s daughter comes in. This story goes through quite a few of point of views and switches from Clarissa to Peter to Septimus. Septimus being a war veteran who is tormented by his experience in the war and tries to rehabilitate himself by seeing Sir William Bradshaw a highly celebrated therapist who attempts to fix Septimus while his wife Lucrezia does her best to try to cope with the reality of Septimus having a severe mental illness.

In the beginning and middle of the story the point of view changes rapidly between the 3 major characters and the story reveals the relationships between Peter and Clarissa and Septimus and Lucrezia not surprisingly the relationship between Peter and Clarrisa is dominantly shown and it is clearly revealed that they have a far from perfect relationship since Clarrisa rejected Peter’s proposal way back before the war and now the same issue is threatening Clarrisa’s happiness. During the party Clarrisa’s dissatisfaction of her own life and Septimus’s depression gives a feeling of  uncertainty to the atmosphere and when Septimus commits the suicide during Clarissa’s party she begins to take herself out of the party and think about what has happened.

Towards the end of the novel Clarissa finds herself to be more comfortable as a host and returns to a romm with Peter which fills him with excitement. The novel is definitely interesting as it ties in England as a atmosphere and setting while still telling the story of people of live in England and it won’t disappoint most readers.


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