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The sea as symbolic of life The ebb and flow of life When the image is portrayed as being harmonized the sea represents a great confidence and comfort Yet when the image is presented as disjointed or uncomfortable it symbolizes disassociation loneliness and fear Doubling Many critics describe Septimus as Clarissas doppelganger the alternate persona the darker more internal personality compared to Clarissas very social and singular outlook Woolfs use of the doppelganger Septimus portrays a side to Clarissas personality that becomes absorbed by fear and broken down by society and a side of society that has failed to survive the War The doubling portrays the polarity of the self and exposes the positive-negative relationship inherent in humanity It also illustrates the opposite phases of the idea of life The intersection of time and timelessness Woolf creates a new novelistic structure in Mrs Dalloway wherein her prose has blurred the distinction between dream and reality between the past and present An authentic human being functions in this manner simultaneously flowing from the conscious to the unconscious from the fantastic to the real and from memory to the moment Social commentary Woolf also strived to illustrate the vain artificiality of Clarissas life and her involvement in it The detail given and thought provoked in one day of a womans preparation for a party a simple social event exposes the flimsy lifestyle of Englands upper classes at the time of the novel Even though Clarissa is effected by Septimus death and is bombarded by profound thoughts throughout the novel she is also a woman for whom a party is her greatest offering to society The thread of the Prime Minister throughout the near fulfilling of Peters prophecy concerning Clarissas role and the characters of the doctors Hugh Whitbread and Lady Bruton as compared to the tragically mishandled plight of Septimus throw a critical light upon the social circle examined by Woolf The world of the sane and
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