Virginia Woolf e Mrs. Dalloway: riassunto in inglese

Riassunto per punti della vita e dell'opera "Mrs. Dalloway" di Virginia Woolf, con focalizzazione sui temi principali e sulla contrapposizione con Joyce (1 pagine formato doc)

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Virginia Woolf.

She was born in 1882; her father was  a man of letters, so her education was in cultural and literal background of Victorian artists, her education consisted in private Greek lessons, and she could read whatever she wanted from his father’s library. We can find sea in all her works because water has two main meanings: 1) What’s is harmonious and feminine 2) the possibility of resolution in death of intolerable conflicts
•    In at the death of her father, she joined the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists, writers and poets of the new avant-garde  of 20th century London, they rejected artistic conventions, disdain for bourgeois sexual codes, they shared the ideas of socialism, anti-war ideas and the perspective of Modernism and Post-Modernism
•    In  1925 was published Mrs. Dalloway  where she experimented new narrative techniques, and in 1927 To the Lighthouse, she had a great impact on the feminist movement of 1960s-70s; in 1941 full of anxiety because of the Second World War she committed suicide.
•    She was very interested in giving voice to the inner world of character’s minds and first-impressions.
The events aren’t very important, but is very important instead the effects they produce on characters who experimented them
•    The first impressions are represented like a flux and the pint of view is from the inner world of characters through flashbacks and association of ideas
•    Instead of Joyce, she doesn’t let her character’s thought flow in an uncontrolled way, because she represents this flux with grammatical order
•    Joyce’s Epiphanies are the same thing of Woolf “moments of being”, they’re moments during the day when characters can explore reality behind appearances
•    In Joyce there is a continue experimentation of use of words like a flux without punctuation, instead in Woolf the use of words is not for the sound, but poetic and emotional.


•    The protagonist is Clarissa Dalloway; when she is going in Bond Street to buy flowers for her party in the Evening she sees walking Septimus and Lucrezia Warren Smiths. When Clarissa is back home she receives the visit of Peter Walsh who loved her in her youth and when he leaves her home, he catches a glimpse of the interview between Warren Smiths and Dr William, because Septimus had a great mental disorder caused by the Second World War; in the same evening Septimus commits suicide and at the party during the night Clarissa hears of Septimus death.
•    The novel is narrated during only one day, Woolf uses “tunneling technique” because she allows the reader to understand the past of the characters and the situation they experienced. Clarissa’s party unifies all narrative sequences and her to Septimus
•    The novel deals with the way people react to situations, here are used cinematic techniques, the chiming of the Big Ben reminds the reader the temporal grid.


•    The characters react physically to what happens to them, there is no a precise sequence of events, but a particular use of space and time and it brings them together, life changes every moment.
•    Clarissa in the wife of a conservative MP, she in oppressed by her father, and his life is a continuous attempt to overcome her weakness and sense of failure, Septimus is a victim of the Second World War because he is connected by the war because afflicted by the death of Evans, a great friend,  from whose spectre he is hunted.