Although no one else in this novel relates in any way to the lunacy of Septimus Warren Smith, Woolf finds a way to verify the intricacy of his personality. Unlike Sally, Richard, and Peter, whose personality changes are exposed through comparison and contrast with other characters, Septimus's complex character reveals itself when Woolf analyzes the appearance of Septimus Smith versus his reality. On the surface, as he appears to the world, Septimus is a maniac who speaks to thin air and converses with his dead friend from the war, Evans. Even when Woolf narrates Septimus's thoughts, the reader beholds the sad beauty of his psychotic world. Time, setting, and circumstance are all distorted. So, in appearance, this man acts as the complete opposite of Clarissa Dalloway, and so it is ironic that in reality, Septimus, a lunatic, and Clarissa, a cultured lady, are more similar than anyone else in the novel. Both value the possession and privacy of... [continues]
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