Justification of Septimus Smith's Suicide

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Justification of a Suicide Would you sympathize with someone who killed himself, leaving a widower behind? When it is Septimus Smith who ended his agony by committing suicide, the question will be easier to answer than of an ordinary person. In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway , Septimus’s suicide is portrayed as one that is easier to empathize with, since Virginia Woolf, who attempted to commit suicide several times before she wrote Mrs. Dalloway , acquits him free from any guilt at the end of his suicide. The similarity between Septimus Smith and Clarissa Dalloway seems to be very obvious throughout the novel; however, Mrs. Dalloway is not just a novel with doubles, but also a book with unstated triples, formed between Clarissa Dalloway, Septimus Smith, and Virginia Woolf. The author’s experience with madness and suicide, and psychological disorders led her to portray Septimus’s suicide in an unusually sympathetic way. In Virginia Woolf’s farewell letter to her husband, it is very obvious that Septimus was not just an imaginary character that Woolf made up. The letter explains her state of mind, and the statements about the way she feels about herself, and her husband, seem somewhat like the reasons that led Septimus to throw himself out the window: “…I feel certain I am going mad again… I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. [In this case “you” refers to Rezia.] You have been in every way all that anyone could be… What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have
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saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness…” (Cawley 1) “Virginia Woolf suffered all her life from a sense of personal fragmentation variously diagnosed as manic depression, a mystical conviction of organic wholeness and isolated feeling of alienation and dread” (Henke 13). She felt strongly in disagreement
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENG 2220 taught by Professor Dr.carpenter during the Fall '07 term at McDaniel.

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