A Meaningful Classic

by capreviewroom

“Mrs. Dalloway” is a classic novel written by Virginia Woolf that was published in 1925 and is set in a post-World War I London. The story is about the main character, Clarissa Dalloway, getting ready for a party that she is hosting tonight. Even though she is rich and high in class, she lingers in the past and is unhappy.  A unique and clever way for Woolf’s audience to understand the characters in the novel is to add a stream of consciousness. Readers will understand what is going on in the story by understanding the thoughts and feelings of each character. This let readers reach into Mrs. Dalloway’s past at the same time with the other characters as well.

Richard Dalloway, Peter Walsh, and Septimus Smith are the other main characters of the story. Richard is Clarissa’s husband who takes his job very seriously in the government. Peter Walsh is entertaining and an old friend Mrs. Dalloway who will permanently love her even though he knows she is taken. Septimus and Clarissa both share inner similarities while on the other hand they are very different on the outside. Septimus is recovering from shell shock after the war and is similar to Clarissa because they both want to live in the past rather than the present. The key difference between these two characters is that Septimus want to never have witnessed the war while Mrs. Dalloway wants to be pretty and youthful again. These characters make the story a very interesting read yet difficult through understanding the stream of consciousness.

One of the critiques on this novel aside from its confusing moments may be that the style of Woolf’s text is different from a regularly fashioned novel. The chapters are replaced with text that has no breaks so the reader may have a hard time getting back into reading from where they left off. The novel may be different so the reader must have a strong use of persistence and positivity to make this book an awesome read.



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