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Clarissa could not be wider of the mark when she thanks heaven that the war was over Virtually every character we encounter is to some degree a living casualty of the class-based superficiality that led to the conflict and continues to dominate society Explore and discuss The war and its effects were far from over by June 1923 they were simply put out of mind by the upper classes in order to return to a sense of pre-war normality Furthermore the problems that caused the war still permeate Mrs Dalloways society with an unquestionable resonance These problems repeatedly manifest themselves in Mrs Dalloway and her guests and although stemming from a variety of factors the problems for London in 1923 stem largely from superficial attitudes held in society However behind the superficiality of an extremely class based London there exist brief moments and subtle indications that society recognises the problems and that change both has and will continue to come The attitude held in society before entering the war still continues to dominate Clarissas life Her surname Dalloway has implications of the word dally and dally eloquently describes how she leads her life She tells us in her own interior monologue at the beginning of the novel that she had a passion for gloves and Bond Street fascinated her indicating the materialism that engulfs her world Furthermore her verbal exchanges with characters are inevitably full of falsities such as the note written to Peter Walsh in wildly exaggerated language heavenly to see you which lacks any sincerity Her exchange with Hugh Whitbread in the park by the government buildings is equally false Rather than listening to what Hugh Whitbread says she is consciousSh of her hat Hughs description of Evelyns continued illness in the same paragraph contrasts with Clarissas thoughts and further makes us aware of her apparent superficiality Peter Walsh although biased comments twice that Clarissa is insincere Her reply to Lady
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