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Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star: Summary and Analysis
Mrs. Dalloway and The Hour of the Star: Summary and Analysis Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway, written in 1925, is set in 1920’s London, England, just after the First World War,. This novel depicts a day in the life of high-class socialite Clarissa Dalloway, who is planning to have a party, and ends with the giving...
The Obsession of Marriage in To the Lighthouse, a Novel by Virginia Woolf
We also see much more of the Ramsay’s marriage here. Sometimes they seem very close, as if they understand each other perfectly and suit each other to a T; sometimes they seem as if they are living on different planets and have nothing at all in common. What is Woolf’s purpose in painting such a contradictory portrait here?...
The Importance of Relationship Between the Genders in To the Lighthouse, a Novel by Virginia Woolf
The relationship between the genders is a major focal point in this first chunk of the book, beginning with Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay’s very different ways of engaging with James about the trip to the lighthouse and concluding with the very odd description of their “encounter” on pages 37-40. What is Woolf trying to say about wha...
The Internal Obstacles of the Female Writers in Chapter 3 of A Room of One's Own, a Book by Virginia Woolf
In Chapter 3, Woolf takes up the question of why have there not been many great female writers, starting with the Elizabethan age. What are the external obstacles that stand in the way of a woman who might want to write? What are the internal obstacles? How are these two sets of obstacles related? In the previous chapter...
The Mistreatment of Women in College Because of Gender in A Room of One's Own, a Book by Virginia Woolf
Most of these two chapters is about the many ways in which women are kept out (of power, of education, of the British Museum, etc…), but there is also a subtle argument being made about whether or not women should really want to get in. Is Woolf arguing that women should be able to to all the things that men can do? Or is...
The Experiences of Women Trying to Be Successful in the World in A Room of One's Own and To the Lighthouse, Two Books by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf’s books are great examples of showing what women go through when trying to be successful in the world, especially aspiring female role models. In A Room of One’s Own she discusses a typical Victorian woman’s relationship with the men around her and how she is so often interrupted, leaving her unable to think...
Water as an Instrument of Death in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and The Hours by Michael Cunningham and the Film The Hours by Stephen Daldry
Deadly Waters Water is an important part of life, as one can only survive a maximum of two weeks without it. Virginia Woolf contradicts the vital quality of water by using it to symbolize death. My essay concerns the meaning of water as an instrument of death in the novels Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and The Hours by...
The Theme of Flowers in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Language of Flowers: Providing a Voice for the Voiceless In Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, flowers tell the reader many things about Clarissa. She uses flowers as pawns in her artificial game of life. Clarissa gives flowers human features and develops human attachments to them because she has difficulty und...
An Analysis of Women's Contemporary Problems in Virginia Woolf's Works
In the style of Virginia Woolf herself, I shall begin by breaking down this prompt. When asked to view the contemporary problems of women today in relation to Woolf “outlin[ing] the disadvantages for women in being taken seriously as artists and intellectuals,” I must begin by outlining some of the disadvantages of women to...
The Characters of Septimus and Clarissa in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Septimus is no longer the romantic poet who went into combat but the beaten soldier who escaped it. In all of the earth’s divine purposelessness, the hours drive on above all else. Septimus comes to term with his loss of grip on reality while Clarissa to her growing age. Though both characters are, in the social hierarchy,...