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Virginia Woolf creates interesting contrast within the character of Clarissa Dalloway usingstream of consciousness narration in her novel Mrs Dalloway Clarissas inner thoughtsreveal a contrast between her lack of attraction to her husband due to her lesbian feelingsand her fear of loosing him as a social stepping stone These contrasts and many otherscan be seen throughout the novel using the literary device of stream of consciousnessClarissas character reveals to us early in the book her lack of attraction to herhusband This revelation can be seen in the passage that states through somecontraction of this cold spirit she had failed himshe could see what she lackedit wassomething central which permeated The cold spirit that she talks of is her sexualityin being attracted to women and her lack of understanding why she is this way This isthe main reason for her lack of attraction She feels that she has let him down because shecannot complete her duties as his wife Clarissa had lost both a sexual relationship andsexual attraction with her husband since the birth of her teenage daughter Elizabeth she could not dispel a virginity preserved through childbirth which clung to her like aClarissa tells us of her true sexuality as she remembers her girlhood friend SallySeton Sally is the only person that Clarissa has ever had any real passionate feelings for But this question of love this falling in love with women Take Sally Seton her relationin the old days with Sally Seton Had not that after all been love Although Sally heldher heart her homosexual feelings were not socially acceptable Clarissa is thereforeobliged to enter into a marriage to Richard Dalloway for social purposesA contrast to Clarissas lack of attraction to her husband is seen in her fear ofloosing him Richard provides for her a stepping stone for her to be the socialite that shestrives to be When Richard is invited to a lunch with Lady Bruton a twinge of fear isevident in
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