Virginia Woolf Essay - Robert J. England II HON 212 Section...

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Robert J. England II HON 212 Section 007 Edith Elwood Woolf Response Wednesday, February 28, 2007 What is time? How does it flow? What makes it so linear? Time is a concept that creates three different eras, the past, the present, and the future, which intertwine through any individual's life. In Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway , a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway is told and investigated using the thoughts and memories of the various individuals, linking the characters together by similar thoughts, by same actions, or merely by placing them at the same place and the same time. It is time that in many ways drives the novel forward, pushing the various elements together and creating the reactions in the plot. Time is an interesting piece in the novel; it is used directly as a plot device, and defines both the style and the direction that the novel travels. By investigating the flow of time in the novel, we can better understand the flow of the story, and dive deeper into the stream of consciousness that Woolf used so well. One of the most famous aspects about Mrs. Dalloway is that it is a pioneer of the stream of consciousness style, cycling through the thoughts of individuals in the process of a short space of time. In this case, that time is a single day, the day of Clarissa's party. As such, the actual present events of the story (not the ones told in flashback) take place in a direct chronological sequence, giving a special sort of flow to the story. This timeliness is referenced often; the famous bell known as Big Ben tolls the hours throughout the story, and twelve noon is chimed directly at the novel's midpoint. Clarissa
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HON 212 taught by Professor Elwood during the Spring '07 term at University of Maine Orono .

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Virginia Woolf Essay - Robert J. England II HON 212 Section...

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