Analysis the Use of Stream of Consciousness in Mrs Dalloway

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Analysis the use of
stream of consciousness
in Mrs Dalloway

BY
Qian Jiajia

Prof. Zhang Li, Tutor

A Thesis Submitted to Department of English
Language and Literature in Partial
Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the degree of B.A in English
At Hebei Normal University

May 8th , 2009
Abstract
As one of the representative writers of novels of stream of consciousness, Virginia Woolf has made important contributions to the development of the technique of stream of consciousness by confirming her own original literary views through the design of a unique structure of stream of consciousness in one of her masterpieces—Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf constantly breaks through the tradition and works hard for the innovation throughout her life. Mrs. Dalloway expresses the subjective truth in the simple plot and the time-space of leap and shows the aspect different from the traditional novels. It is known as Woolf’s most typical novel of stream of consciousness. Acting not only as a descriptive and narrative technique but also as an embodiment and extension of the themes in the novel, the stream of consciousness helps to fulfill the ideal unity between form and content, without the comprehension of which the unique beauty and profound ideological intentions of the novel cannot be fully appreciated. This thesis thereby attempts a tentative study of the use of the techniques of stream of consciousness and its functions in characterization and deepening the themes. The thesis consists of four chapters.

Chapter One concentrates on the shuttle of the clock time and the psychological time, which forms a “double narrative” by recording both the characters’ external and internal activities. This special arrangement of time enhances and enriches the structure and patterns of the stream of consciousness. Chapter two pays more attention to the symbolic imagery. This technique is not speciality in stream of consciousness novel, but also is used in other kind of literature works. Chapter three explains the use of interior monologue by some vivid examples. There is also given the definition and related knowledge of interior monologue which help readers to gain better understanding of the novel. Chapter four stresses on characterization of Mrs. Dalloway, from another point of view analyzing this stream of consciousness.

Key Words: Mrs. Dalloway stream of consciousness writing techniques Contents

Introduction ……………………………………………………………1 Chapter I The Time Transfer between Subjective and Objective Views ………....................................................................4 A. Some Examples of Time Transferring in the novel

B. Typical Effects of This Technique
Chapter II Practical Use of Symbolization ………………………....9 A. Concrete Use of the Symbolic Image: Clock
B. Symbolic Image: Death
C. Images of birds and waves
Chapter III Interior Monologue …………………………………...14 A. Definition and Related Knowledge of Interior Monologue B. Examples of the Interior Monologue
Chapter IV Great Success of Stream of Consciousness concerning the Characterization……………………………………...17 Conclusion ……………………………………………………..............21 Notes …………………………………………………………………....23 Bibliography …………………………………………………………...24

Introduction
Virginia Woolf (1882—1941) was born a prominent English family. Her father, Leslie Stephen, was also a writer, who edited The Dictionary of National Biography. In her childhood, Woolf suffered through a period of sexual abuse by her half brother, Gerald Duckworth, and endured the early deaths of both her mother and brother. For the rest of her life she was afflicted by mental illness and periods of extreme depression, which accompanied the creation of her major works and led to her suicide in 1941. After Leslie’s death in 1904, the Stephen family moved to a house in the Bloomsbury area of London, which was to become...
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