Mrs. Dalloway

Do you agree that Mrs. Dalloway is a search, at one level, for meaning and coherence amidst futility, chaos and despair?

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Clarissa enjoys the moment-to-moment aspect of life and believes that a piece of her remains in every place she has visited. She lacks a certain warmth, but is a caring woman who is touched by the people around her and their connection to life in general. Clarissa feels that her parties are her gift to the world and is proud to share herself with others. She loves to be accepted but has the acuity of mind to perceive her own flaws, especially since her recent illness. Woolf strived to illustrate the vain artificiality of Clarissa's life and her involvement in it. The detail given and thought provoked in one day of a woman's preparation for a party, a simple social event, exposes the flimsy lifestyle of England's upper classes at the time of the novel. Yet these details aren't empty to Clarissa, they are superficial to us. The gentry, pomp and circumstance bring order to her world.