Virginia Woolf Essays

Between the Acts

Ms. La Trobe says it best in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts: 'This is death, death, death - when illusion fails.' (p. 180) Various characters in the novel create illusions to escape from the reality that grieves them. And those illusions are...

12th Grade

Mrs. Dalloway

‘Beloved’ and ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ are novels focusing on the deep impact of oppressive social systems; the institution of slavery and post-world war 2 England, and the elements of past and memory are of greatest significance as we see the pasts of...

12th Grade

Mrs. Dalloway

‘Mrs. Dalloway’ and ‘Beloved’ are essentially novels both founded on pain. In Beloved, pain stems from the constitution of slavery which tortured, oppressed and violated all black people and the novel focuses of the consequences of this pain on...

College

Mrs. Dalloway

If realism could depict reality in the most truthful manner then the departure from the same in modernism proves the failure of this mode of representation of reality. The age faced loss of faith in religion, principles, ethics, human relations...

Mrs. Dalloway

Each individual has an outward part of her personality that is revealed to others and an inward part which is kept solely to herself. Consequently, there is a contrast between the appearance of a person and the reality of whom that person really...

Mrs. Dalloway

'Clarissa could not be wider of the mark when she "thank(s) 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...

Mrs. Dalloway

What is the novel about?

"Mrs Dalloway" is a novel so rich and complex in its imagery, and the issues to which it gives rise are so many and so varied, that to assign one distinctly defined meaning to it, as one might for a Victorian or Edwardian...

Mrs. Dalloway

Elsewhere some Hindus were drumming - he knew they were Hindus, because the rhythm was uncongenial to him. (E.M. Forster, A Passage to India)

While writing and revising Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf was corresponding with E.M. Forster, who was...

Mrs. Dalloway

After Septimus' suicide, we encounter Peter Walsh hearing the "light, high bell of the ambulance," and deeming it, in his mind, "one of the triumphs of civilization" (151). He ponders the "efficiency, organization, the communal spirit," of the...

Mrs. Dalloway

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. . . therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

—John Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

The year is 1923. In the suburbs of London,...

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway is a novel about time: its quality, its depth, and its composition. Woolf conveys the complexity of time by drawing attention to her characters’ unique struggles to create meaning for themselves within the confines...

Mrs. Dalloway

Critic Bradbury states that “With light taxation, no inflation, cheap food, cheap labour, a plentiful supply of domestic servants, many ordinary middle class families with modest incomes lived full and comfortable lives. No wonder that so many who...