A Journey through a Woman’s Mind

by capreviewroom

     “Mrs. Dalloway” is an amazing novel written by Virginia Wolf, published in 1925. The book has a unique style called stream of consciousness that in combination with omniscient narrator, works as a strong hook. Descriptions are in such detail that the reader can sketch the setting and map of the city. Although the book focuses on common place tasks, such as shopping, throwing a party, walking in the park, and eating dinner, it guides the readers through different realistic perspectives of post- World War I London, through experiences and memories of its central characters. The characters are from various classes, and backgrounds, constantly overlaying the past and the present trying to reconcile to life. Sometimes the threads of thought cross, and characters communicate. Mrs. Dalloway covers one day from morning to night in a woman’s life “Clarissa Dalloway”, the protagonist, an upper class housewife that walks through her London neighborhood to prepare for the party she will host that evening. The other important character is Septimus Warren Smith, a World War I veteran suffering from shell shock. Clarissa and Septimus share so many traits such as the constant struggles to maintain privacy and fulfill the need of communicating with others. Even the climax of the novel happens in the party, when Clarissa goes to a small room to contemplate Septimus’s suicide. She identifies with him and is glad he did it, believing that he preserved his soul. Toward the end, another important fact reveals; most of the main characters, failed to fulfill the dreams of their youth. In addition to analyzing each individual in detail it also criticizes the post-World War I England society and the way people in charge ignore veterans who gave up on their lives to protect their country. In conclusion, it is a noble novel for those looking for books that you cannot put down.



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