6/1/2013 6:47:00 PM Scene 1: Going out for Flowers  A mosaic portrait of bits of Mrs.

Dalloway’s past and present on a single day o Wednesday in mid-June 1928  Plot is simply a lady giving a party o Looks at the diversity beneath the surface of this English lady  When Mrs Dalloway was young Peter Walsh prophesied that someday she would be the Perfect Hostess o Seems to be a well-bred woman whose only value in life is to give parties for her husband o Individuals are more than a label o The acts we perform are only pale outlines of a multi-thought and multifeeling individual o Woolf examines the submerged ideas, dream, conversations, words and thoughts  Mrs Dalloway prefers to buy flowers herself o Innocuous statement takes up the whole of the first paragraph o Enables the reader to hear about Mrs Dalloway from various points of view o Mrs Dalloway can react to a London she has not seen for some time o Excursion is not routine > usually she has things done for her o Enjoys strolling through London’s busy, noisy traffic o Return of summer, return of her health and her return to London parallel each other  As Clarissa goes to the flower shop we enter her neighbor, Scrope Purvis’ head o Thinks of her as bird-like, perched on the curb o Despite being fiftyish and recently ill  Clarissa compares herself to Lady Bexborough o Thinks she is “too bird-like” o Device means she is telling the reader about herself  We learn her thoughts as she compares herself with an “ideal” woman

 Also can see what she values in a person o Would exchange her pale and smooth complexion for a dark and crumpled one o Wants to move slowly and stately, not lightly  Feels she is too flighty, too pointy-featured and too insincere  Her body is a “nothing” that she “wears”  Would like to be less feminine and more masculine > have an interest in politics

defenses-down baring soles intimacy > between absolute friends  Possession of another’s secret depths frightens Clarissa  A more dangerous and sustained exchange than sex  She equates sharing with surrender o Sharp change of focus after within her thoughts  Too much focus internally is still too much “sharing”  Clarissa enjoys London because it speaks to the natural responsiveness and spontaneity of her nature o The spirit within her that was drawn to Peter Walsh is still alive o Her rational decision to marry Richard has not killed it o In London she allows a loose rein to her senses but only in a certain way  She can walk amongst the people and savor them but not have to merge with them  Mrs Dalloway realizes that her “self” changes depending on whom she is with . denied herself him and still argues she was right to do so o He would have insisted on sharing  Basic.o Her minor dissatisfactions with herself highlight one of the major themes of the novel > is Mrs Dalloway satisfied being “Mrs Dalloway”?  We learn the circumstances and results of her decision to marry Richard Dalloway  The most important decision in a woman’s life  Fluctuations of mood > in one paragraph she is troubled and worried. the next sparking o Natural residue of serious thought precipitated by her illness o Ebb and flow of mood and time mirror the mercurial transitions of minds  Mrs Dalloway has been ill and is now resurrected o She is almost intoxicated by the noisy goings on o In turn lost in thought about decisions she has made in her lifetime and her physical shortcomings  We hear about Peter Walsh long before we hear about Richard Dalloway o Clarissa made a rational decision not to marry Peter o First impression of the novel is an emphasis on her married state  Not concerned with her husband  First thing we hear Peter say is he prefers the company of men to flowers o Trivial comment but presented by Clarissa’s memory  Placement in the novel indicates it is a key to why Clarissa rejected him.

is Mrs Dalloway happy with being Mrs Dalloway .o Reacts with different parts of her personality to the many different people she spends time with o Themes Changing Identity .internal/external time .identity in the eyes of others and internally Fluidity of Time .

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