Mrs. Dalloway Essay | Critical Analysis of the Employment of Modernist Technique in 'Mrs Dalloway`

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Critical Analysis of the Employment of Modernist Technique in 'Mrs Dalloway`

Summary: Simply reading the first few pages of Virginia Woolf's`Mrs Dalloway' induces the feeling within the reader that this book is not ordinary, it is not simply neat sentences strung together nicely into a formulaic and cluttered plot. It is different from traditional novels in a myriad of ways, transcending the boundaries of expression that it can be argued conventional novels limit themselves to.
`Mrs Dalloway' is a depiction of one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, following her preparation throughout the day culminating in a dinner party that evening for her and her husband's bourgeois friends. Through the narrative a parallel is formed between sanity and insanity with moments in the lives of `sane' people connected to Clarissa, and the seemingly unconnected events of Septimus' descent into untreatable madness and ultimately, his suicide.

It is a typical modernist text with dislocated and fractured ideas, feelings and thoughts contained within a thin framework of plot and real events. The modernist movement became popular in the aftermath of the First World War. The modern consciousness was one of futility towards applying meaning to life; a sense of brokenness and tragedy became ingrained in people's psyche from the devastation of war and the loss...

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