Death In Mrs. Dalloway Essay

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In Mrs. Dalloway, references to life and death are seen frequently throughout the entire novel. It would not be correct to claim that Mrs. Dalloway focuses more on one or the other, for the novel brings attention to both life and death. Virginia Woolf exhibits these profound ideas through the thoughts of her characters in Mrs. Dalloway. The thought of death is constantly lurking in the thoughts of each character, and it makes even the most ordinary events become meaningful, and sometimes threatening.
From the very beginning of the novel, the reader is confronted with thoughts of death from the main character, Clarissa Dalloway. When running her errand, she plummets into deep thought about ...view middle of the document...

” (122) Up until this point, Clarissa has been pondering her role in society and what it means to the overall value of her life. She has most definitely lived her life with more regrets than she can count. She has succumbed to a life of hostessing over a life of passion and there is not one moment where she is not thinking about the choices she has made, but Clarissa is not the only character who has thoughts of death.
How death is threatening-Another character who ponders life and death is Septimus Warren Smith, a veteran who suffers from insanity due to the war. Though he is insane, he is very conscious of the concepts of life and death and might understand them better than others in his society. He would tell his wife, Lucrezia, his thoughts on death, life, and the society in which they lived, “He would argue with her about killing themselves; and explain how wicked people were; how he could see them making up lies as they passed in the street. He knew all their thoughts, he said;...

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