Londoners: A mental dissection

by capreviewroom

Virginia Woolf explores the internal emotion verses external dialogue in her book “Mrs. Dalloway”.  The internal power of decision making and emotional happenings sheds a great light on this novel. Clarissa Dalloway, a woman married to a man who is a member of parliament, decides to go for a walk and buy some flowers as she is prepping to host a party for her husband’s friends. During her walk, she met up with Peter Walsh, a man who she once declined engagement.  She hears of his time in India where he had left to for 5 years after her rejection. Peter is an emotional man. He takes into consideration his success but also the opinion which the people of London seem to have of him. He find himself strongly in love with a woman from India, but unfortunately for Peter she is married. As this is all happening we shift to another part of town in a park where Septimus Smith is in the park. Septimus is a young war veteran who was shell shocked from his duty in World War 1. He has issues with his own internal struggle, while having to deal with the external frustrations of misunderstood opinions. Septimus seeks care and help with his situation. Woolf intermixes all of these characters into daily events. Woolf allows us not just to see a single character as a basic introductory character, but as an emotional complex being. Woolf portrays a true scenario of how every person has their own story and takes her writing to great lengths of personality through language to do so. The reader will see through this novel an amazing portrayal of London and the people within it. The true perception of how life can be a bright positive experience through past and present, then present to us a vivid depiction of how that can be simply a temporary numbing to the pain of life. Woolf’s novel will give the reader a strong sense of reality through engaging stories of multiple existences.


Quin B


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