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Somewhere within the narrative of Mrs Dalloway there seems to lie what could be understood as a restatement - or perhaps a working out of - the essentially simple key theme or motif found in Woolfs famous feminist essay A Room of Ones Own Mrs Dalloway does in fact possess a room of her own - and enjoys an income or the use of an income that is at least five hundred a year - Room 164 But most importantly Clarissa Dalloway also deals with ways of working out female economic necessity personal space and the manifestation of an artistic self-conception That this perceived room of her famous essay can also serve as a psychological model becomes clearer in Mrs Dalloway and the novel reveals another face to this classical essays main motif A personal room is more profoundly a certain conception of the soul or psyches journey through life as Sally states in the novels climax Are we not all prisoners She had read a wonderful play about a man who scratched on the wall of his cell and she had felt that was true of life - one scratched on the wall 293 Mrs Dalloway is a more nuanced mediation of the imagination that powerfully brings into relief qualifications extensions and variations on her later more sociological works powerful central and titular metaphor The book commences with the sentence Mrs Dalloway said that shed buy the flowers herself3 It is an immediate and assertive portrayal of Clarissa Dalloway as a pecunious and fully self-motivated agent It is a one-sentence paragraph and indeed could stand alone as a sort of summary of the entire book or the books main philosophical thrust Clarissa is a woman who has decided to never let the wolf no pun intended of necessity near her door and through her ambitious nature she had wanted success 282 made the firm decision to seek and assure her own material
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