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When a man is tired of London he is tired of life for there is in London all that life can afford --Samuel Johnson In Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf uses the setting of the city of London to effectively show the vastly different emotional responses of the characters The city of London in June is the primary location in which three of the novels characters are placed although they inhabit the same period of time they display completely different responses The protagonist Clarissa Dalloway enjoys the experience from her position of privilege and comfort Septimus Warren Smith by contrast is being swallowed up by the city since he is in the depths of shell-shocked depression he contemplates suicide because he cannot cope with life as he perceives it in London Peter Walsh who has recently returned to London after an absence of five years is surrendering himself to the sights sounds and general atmosphere of the city in a casual light-hearted manner as one does who is unburdened by the cares of life Woolf uses the city of London as a catalyst and focal point of these characters lives which all intersect directly or indirectly at the end of the day at Clarissas party The busy streets of London on a fresh June morning provide the perfect setting for Clarissa Dalloways free-flowing thoughts as she sets off to buy the flowers for her party Clarissa is so seduced by her surroundings the traffic the people all engaged in their own pursuits that she allows her thoughts to flow freely over her experiences during her youth spent at Bourton London is a comfortable place for Clarissa and she simply loves walking in London6 as she declares to her old friend Hugh Whitbread Her life of comfort and privilege affords her the luxury to simply revel in her journey through Londons streets while she contemplates preparations for her party Indeed to Clarissa the divine vitality 7 of
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