Plot summary[ edit ] Clarissa Dalloway goes around London in the morning, getting ready to host a party that evening. The nice day reminds her of her youth spent in the countryside in Bourton and makes her wonder about her choice of husband; she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh, and she "had not the option" to be with Sally Seton. Peter reintroduces these conflicts by paying a visit that morning. Septimus Warren Smith, a First World War veteran suffering from deferred traumatic stressspends his day in the park with his Italian-born wife Lucrezia, where Peter Walsh observes them.
As Clarissa prepares for the party she will give that evening, we are privy to her meandering thoughts. Clarissa is vivacious and cares a great deal about what people think of her, but she is also self-reflective.
She feels both a great joy and a great dread about her life, both of which manifest in her struggles to strike a balance between her desire for privacy and her need to communicate with others. Throughout the day Clarissa reflects on the crucial summer when she chose to marry her husband, Richard, instead of her friend Peter Walsh.
Though she is happy with Richard, she is not entirely certain she made the wrong choice about Peter, and she also thinks frequently about her friend Sally Seton, whom she also once loved. Read an in-depth analysis of Clarissa Dalloway.
Though he is insane, Septimus views English society in much the same way as Clarissa does, and he struggles, as she does, to both maintain his privacy and fulfill his need to communicate with others. He shares so many traits with Clarissa that he could be her double. Septimus is pale, has a hawklike posture, and wears a shabby overcoat.
Before the war he was a young, idealistic, aspiring poet. After the war he regards human nature as evil and believes he is guilty of not being able to feel. Rather than succumb to the society he abhors, he commits suicide.
Read an in-depth analysis of Septimus Warren Smith. He has not been to London for five years. He is highly critical of others, is conflicted about nearly everything in his life, and has a habit of playing with his pocketknife.
Often overcome with emotion, he cries easily. He frequently has romantic problems with women and is currently in love with Daisy, a married woman in India. He wears horn-rimmed glasses and a bow tie and used to be a Socialist.
Read an in-depth analysis of Peter Walsh. Sally was a wild, handsome ragamuffin who smoked cigars and would say anything. She and Clarissa were sexually attracted to one another as teenagers. Now Sally lives in Manchester and is married with five boys. Her married name is Lady Rosseter.
Read an in-depth analysis of Sally Seton. A member of Parliament in the Conservative government, Richard plans to write a history of the great English military family, the Brutons, when the Labour Party comes to power.
He is a sportsman and likes being in the country. He is a loving father and husband. While devoted to social reform, he appreciates English tradition. He has failed to make it into the Cabinet, or main governing body. Read an in-depth analysis of Richard Dalloway.
An impeccable Englishman and upholder of English tradition, Hugh writes letters to the Times about various causes.
He never brushes beneath the surface of any subject and is rather vain. Many are critical of his pompousness and gluttony, but he remains oblivious. He is, as Clarissa thinks, almost too perfectly dressed. He makes Clarissa feel young and insecure. Rezia loves Septimus but is forced to bear the burden of his mental illness alone.
Normally a lively and playful young woman, she has grown thin with worry. She feels isolated and continually wishes to share her unhappiness with somebody. She trims hats for the friends of her neighbor, Mrs.
She has a dark beauty that is beginning to attract attention. Not a fan of parties or clothes, she likes being in the country with her father and dogs.
She spends a great deal of time praying with her history teacher, the religious Miss Kilman, and is considering career options. She is over forty and wears an unattractive mackintosh coat because she does not dress to please.This lesson outlines the characters, major plot points and style of Virginia Woolf's novel 'Mrs.
Dalloway.' We'll discuss how free indirect discourse informs both .
Relationships of Clarissa Dalloway With Other Characters; Clarissa Dalloway is the wife of Richard Dalloway. After marrying with Richard Dalloway she is known as Mrs.
Dalloway, without the name of Richard Dalloway she is just Clarissa. She discovered a greater amount of depth to the character of Clarissa Dalloway in a series of short stories, the first of which was titled, "Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street," published in The story would serve as an experimental first chapter to .
Normally erect and magisterial, she panics when she has to write a letter to the editor and seeks help from Richard Dalloway and Hugh Whitbread. She has an assistant, Milly Brush, and a chow dog. She is a descendant of General Sir Talbot Moore.
Mrs Filmer is the Smiths’ neighbor, whose daughter, Mrs Peters, is expecting a baby. Rezia is making a hat for the daughter when Septimus commits suicide. Mrs Filmer has been a good neighbor to t. What is the connection between Mrs.
Dalloway and The Hours? How does Michael Cunnningham use Michael Cunningham superimposes certain characters from Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway into The Hours.
For example, Cunningham's Clarissa Vaughn is essentially Virginia Woolf's Clarissa Dalloway. Comment on the sentimentality in .