Mrs. Dalloway Book Summary and Study Guide

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In Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel, "Mrs. Dalloway",taking place in a single day in London after WWI, the heroine, Clarissa, prepares for a party she is giving that June night by going into the city to buy flowers.
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   As the day wears on, Clarissa meets all those who are significant in her life: her dauther, Elisabeth, Elisabeth's workingclass woman friend Doris Kilman, her former lover, Peter Walsh, terurning from India with a broken marriage and an unsuitable fiancee, and Hugh Whitbread, an upperclass sycophand who preys on the private lives of his friends.

    Also abroad in the city are Septimus Warren Smith, suffering from WWI shellshock, and his wife Rezia. As Clarissa wanders through Hyde Park, heeding the peals of Big Ben,(whose echoes spread leaden circles in the air),Septimus is trying to drown out accusing voices from his dead friend Evans telling him to kill himself.

   In the evening, Clarissa's party becomes a delirious success, surrounded by past and present acquaintances summing up her life.She is only upset with the social-climbing D. Bradshaw and his wife, who inform her of the suicide of one of the doctor's patients: Septimus Smith. To
Clarissa's dismay, who only wants to hear of happiness, ceath cuts through all this. "Death was defiance...Death drew people apart, rapture was alone."
The review of this Book prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   women fighting for rights Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   daughter Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Love problems?    -   lesbianism!!!! Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   lesbians! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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