20th Century Fiction

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There are numerous aspects of language that shape a written work or literature; they have certain qualities that will draw the interest to the piece. Likewise, there are also different reasons why we may choose to read any piece. Sometimes we feel the need to escape the reality of our lives into a matrix unknown; through the silken threads of an epic plot, or the vast majority of fascinating characters woven within. And other times we may wish to travel the courses of time and parallels for the discovery of what is yet to be discovered. She wrote in Modern Fiction to "look within life. Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad impressions-trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpness of steel." And so despite these valued characteristics, Virginia Woolf presents to us a short story of Mrs Dalloway that has neither a grand plot nor what you may refer to as hugely exciting characters. Hers follows an ordinary day of an ordinary woman yet she is still able to evoke an interesting read for her audience. However, what does set apart her novel from others is that very ordinary factor that she was able to capture and present extraordinarily. The main narrative technique in Mrs Dalloway follows a particular stance; that of the stream-of-consciousness. It explores the nature of us humans on a day to day basis, projecting our inner thoughts and motives, and of the sensory experience of the world that surrounds her. Woolf uses third person narrative. Though she has chosen to project the consciousness of the characters, using this particular narrative stance allows her the greatest flexibility. It means that the reader is able to draw connections between different characters and instances, whilst remaining on a stand of objectivity. One of the methods that Woolf uses in reflecting Mrs Dalloway’s thoughts and motives is by demonstrating both her thought processes and the ambiguity of her thoughts...
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