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Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf
? For there she was?.?
Virginia Woolf?s Mrs. Dalloway, in the party,
life, bringing together people to an ?Ardenic? party,
having conquered her apprehensions, disillusions and
disenchantment with abysmal life. The last sentence of
Woolf?s Mrs. Dalloway is a masterpiece of assertion in
face of failure, existence against the feeling of
of life. But it is not an uncomplicated celebration. It
a celebration which reverberates with death; a
with an acute understanding of pathos.
Mrs. Dalloway prepares for the party the whole day,
flowers herself, but is all the time aware of the
complications of the life she is going to celebrate in
party. Her image of the ?perfect hostess?, seen as a
pretence by Peter Walsh is not as stable as she would
to think it to be.
Walking through a park in London, she is a common woman
caught in her past, remembering her Bourton days with
& Sally, observing an air-plane skywriting, hearing the
Ben?s ?ominous? chimes. At home, she is troubled by
her ?narrow bed?, lack of ?ability? to have more
beyond her only daughter, anxious about her drying
sexual energies, worried about her daughter and her
relationship with a middle-class teacher- Miss Kilman
troubled by the incomplete nature of her life with her
time partner/ soul mate paying her a visit reminding
the ?lack? she tries to run from.
All these and perhaps many other reasons make her look
outside the window, feel like throwing herself out, but
old woman visible from the window, across the road,
the light off, going to bed- ?continuing to exist?,
her from taking the final ?plunge?.
Septimus Warren Smith had ?killed? himself. She heard
this ?anonymous man? in her party amid her
She thought about him, did not pity him though. He had
thrown it away, he had chosen to.
She had walked the terrace at Bourton, thought it was
meaningless, difficult when ?your parents give it into
hands, this life to be lived..? But she had resisted.
had chosen to.
An analysis of Clarissa Dalloway in the party is
linked to all the events of the day and the ?unrelated
relatedness? of Septimus? experiences and death. It is
magnificent feta achieved by Woolf. She portrays the
tension of life , of being, beautifully and with
understanding of the ?inner mind?, aware of all the
complexities and difficulties, she is capable of
celebrating it in Clarissa?s party.
Woolf herself found walking over the ?pavement over an
abyss? difficult, but she makes Clarissa do it and
Thus in the end we have- ?For there she was.?- Woolf?s
Dalloway, inspite of and with, everything difficult and
destabilizing moving on with her life!!
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