Character Analysis: Mrs. Dalloway

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Mrs. Dalloway
It is apparent throughout the Virgina Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway that the character development and complexity of the female characters of the story are concentrated on far more than their male counterparts. It is my feelings that the magnitude of this character development comes about because of the observations and feelings of the main character Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway. From the beginning we get this description that she has a feeling of having an extremely good sense of character yet she is shallow, admitting she does many things not for herself but for the sake of other’s opinions. I think that the other female characters portray the qualities and good traits that Clarissa wished that she herself possessed. They also serve to parallel and reveal Clarissa’s attitude and personality making her persona more dynamic.

Starting with the character that I feel represents what Clarissa wishes she could be more like is Sally Seton. Not only was Sally the object of attraction to Clarissa, but the two of them had dreams of changing the world. Sally is a free-spirited rebel that Clarissa wishes she could be more like. Because Clarissa turned out to be the way that everyone, like Peter, pretty much imagined her to it is Sally and her memories that serve as an escape. On the inside Clarissa wishes that she did follow through with her and Sally’s plans to change the world and that they would have stayed together. Throughout the beginning of the novel we see Sally only through Clarissa’s memories, but at the party, although older, she still doesn’t have the same sort of restraints that Clarissa does. We discover that like Clarissa she has married, and she is the mother to five sons, this is a fate that both of them considered to be a catastrophe during the summer at Bourton. It is obvious that both women have conformed to the ideals of English society, but Sally still believes that speaking your mind is the best contribution one can make. Clarissa also seems to be...
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