By Virginia Woolf
Direct and brilliant in her account of Clarissa Dalloway’s arrangements for a celebration, Virginia Woolf explores the hidden springs of notion and motion in a single day of a woman’s lifestyles.
In Mrs. Dalloway, the radical on which the motion picture The Hours used to be dependent, Virginia Woolf info Clarissa Dalloway’s arrangements for a celebration of which she is to be hostess, exploring the hidden springs of concept and motion in a single day of a woman’s existence. the unconventional "contains the most attractive, complicated, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that by myself will be cause adequate to learn it. it's probably the most relocating, innovative artistic endeavors of the 20 th century" (Michael Cunningham).
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Ford: The Good Soldier. Lawrence: The Rainbow. 1916 Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 1916-18 Virginia begins to recover and works on Night and Day. 1917 Hogarth Press is founded. Eliot: Prufrock and Other Observations. 1918 Strachey: Eminent Victorians. Pirandello: Six Characters. 1919 Night and Day is published. The Hogarth Press publishes T. S. Eliot’s Poems and the Woolfs buy Monk’s House, Rodmell, on the Sussex Downs. 1920 Lawrence: Women in Love. 1920-21 Virginia works on Jacob’s Room.
Having resisted and overcome that assault in the morning, at night Clarissa finds herself again in danger. We are at the end of the novel, at the party upon which ‘all must bear; which expresses life, in every variety… while Septimus dies’. Clarissa stands at the centre of the party, in the very posture of the creator. Thus she temporarily creates a home and an eternal symbol of shelter. There will never be a ‘being’ without a ‘there’, an ‘existing’ without a sheltering presence. Time and Place are necessary modes for ‘being’.
He sees through the wall of the visible. But he sees demons. Clarissa does the same, and sees angelic presences, benevolent influences. In the Choephori of Aeschylus, Woolf discovered the themes of propitiation and lamentation which she recorded in the notebook for Mrs Dalloway. Clarissa is all on the side of ‘propitiation’, while Septimus is on the side of ‘lamentation’. Clarissa is the comic spirit, the comic mode being based upon the belief in the final defeat of evil, and the triumph of good, the restoration of the positive drive towards life; while Septimus is the tragic hero, with whom finally death asserts its invincible right to destroy and annihilate life.