Virginia Woolf’s novel entitled “Mrs. Dalloway” is a story of a woman who has simple goals and purpose in life. Clarissa, the main character in the story wants to have a party. For her, parties are her gifts to the world. She has a good husband named Richard but as what Clarissa feels towards him; Richard controls her in every way. Richard is the opposite of Peter’s character, the one who loved Clarissa so much. Peter could not get over Clarissa. Even if she is already married, Peter still likes Clarissa so much. The story is simple. The conflict is plain enough to resolve in the end.
There are different characters emerged and become connected through Clarissa’s party. The structure of the novel is also uncomplicated and bare. Though there are some flashbacks, it is not really significant to the plot but only supporting arguments to the perspectives of the characters towards their current situations. However, despite of the story’s simplicity, Woolf uses different kinds of attack in justifying her viewpoint as a woman in her society. “This late age of the world’s experience had bred in them all, all men and women, a well of tears. Tears and sorrows; courage and endurance; a perfectly upright and stoical bearing (Woolf, 7).
” From this statement of the narrator in the novel, it can be seen that everyone in the characters are equal. Even if Mrs. Dalloway is the protagonist in the story, the other characters have their own establishment of persona that deals with the situation of the society – where there are strong, weak, rich, powerful, and isolated ones. Therefore, it can be said that the novel does not only speak for the purpose of obtaining a story but a partial justification of the ‘true’ situation in our surroundings. Woolf showed her being experimental and modernist writer in this story because she incorporates some personal thoughts to complete the novel.
“She (referring to Lady Burton) resented it, had a scruple picked up Heaven knows where, or, as she felt sent by Nature (who is invariably wise); yet she could not resist sometimes yielding to the charm of a woman, not a girl, of a woman confessing, as to her they often did, some scrape, some folly (Woolf, 24). ” The narrator gives information and elaboration on the meaning and essence of proportion and conversion as it relates to the current topic of the scene. The characters are also tangling towards one another.
There are no significant connections of each persona in the story but the author pushed these characters to make Clarissa’s party a real social gathering – having different guests. As what the novel is trying to convey, Woolf becomes a high modernist writer through the use of multiple points of attack, social transparency, colloquial mentality and hostility within the characters, and formation of real complexity, idea, and identity of the personas throughout the story. The multiple points of attack is seen through the creation of different characters having their own lives – whether connected or not connected to one another.
The social transparency is seen through the characters’ production to show the different faces of people in the society. The colloquial mentality and hostility within the characters is seen through the common situations of the different characters whether they are protagonist or usual characters that will unite at Clarissa’s party. Lastly, the formation of real complexity, idea, and identity of the personas throughout the story is seen through the transformation of characters from plain to complicated but imaginative concept of social construction in order to give brighter perspective to the current threats of the society.
Woolf is also a feminist writer if we will base it on the novel because she does not only discuss the situation of women in the story but also empowers them especially Clarissa and Lady Burton’s character. “After a morning’s battle beginning, tearing up, beginning again, she used to feel the futility of her own womanhood as she felt it on no other occasion, and would turn gratefully to the thought of Hugh Whitbread who possessed – no one could doubt it – the art of writing letter to The Times (Woolf, 80).
” Through this narration, we could be able to describe the strength and power of a woman to change her environment by writing an article in the newspaper. Richard and Hugh Whitbread help Lady Burton to show her talent and capability to transform her society through her ideologies and perception towards her social environment. It can be seen that Woolf shows the strength and power of women in this period – not as wives, mothers, or servants but as imaginative and creative learns of the mores.
As a conclusion to this, it can be said that Woolf does not only play as a realist, feminist, and constructive writer but also an imaginative and creative learner of the society through this novel. All throughout the story we could see how the characters transform from one point to another. Everyone elevates into a modern personality to step into a higher ground of the mores but as the characters elevate, the author also create a profound elaboration of the story’s mood, characters, setting, conflict, and resolution.
Therefore, it is seen that the novel does not only speak for the social perspective but also for economic, political, and historical viewpoint of the author. Through the different characters that exist within the novel, the concept of these issues evolved from start to finish. In the end, all of the issues sink in inconsistency. The people worked for Clarissa’s party and eliminate the justifications of social, political, historical, and economic issues. Reference Woolf, V. (1996). “Mrs. Dalloway. ” Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions.