Examples Of Stream Of Consciousness In Mrs. Dalloway

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Register to read the introduction… Dalloway. Stream of consciousness is characterized by the thoughts of the main character and the dialogue taking place weaving seamlessly together to give the narrative a rambling, dream-like quality. Woolf implements several techniques in order to achieve this goal, including long, adjective-laden sentences. Woolf use of dialogue also contribute the stream of consciousness effect: the actual spoken dialogue and what the various characters are thinking and written intentionally similar, differentiated only by the presence of quotation marks. Also, there are very frequent shifts of points of view between the characters, giving readers insight into what each character is thinking. Together, these elements blur together what is actually happening and what is happening in the minds of the characters, creating a more visceral and realistic mood of the …show more content…
Woolf did not hesitate to publicly criticize the treatment of mental illnesses in post-war London. In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf uses Septimus’ character to admonish medical professionals who dismissed or ignored the speaking the outcries of mentally ill and shell shocked patients. This was Woolf’s way of publicly speaking about the treatment of the mentally ill in London during this time. The similarities between Septimus’ character and Virginia Woolf herself are represented when Woolf describes Septimus’ hallucinations of birds, which is a hallucination she was known to have as well. The most obvious similarity between Virginia Woolf and Septimus, however, is they ended their own lives due to the mental illness they …show more content…
Dalloway, and Septimus dies in order to escape what he perceives to be an oppressive social pressure to conform. It comes in many guises, including religion, science, or social convention. Miss Kilman and Sir William Bradshaw are two of the major oppression of the novel : Miss Kilman dreams of feeling Clarissa in the name of religion, and Sir William would be like to subdue all those who challenge his conception of the world. Both wish to convert the world to their belief systems in order to gain power and dominate others, and their rigidity oppresses all who come into contact with them. More subtle oppressors, even those who do not intented to, do harm by supporting the repressive English social

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