Mrs. Dalloway By Virginia Woolf And Civilization And Its Discontents By Sigmund Freud

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“Life as we find it is too hard for us; it entails too much pain, too many disappointments, impossible tasks” (Freud 14)- the age old question of mankind has been how to cope with suffering. As demonstrated by earlier texts such as The Book of Job, many found their answer through religion, connecting and finding meaning with a higher power. However, as science progressed and information became widespread, there was a universal turning away from this conclusion which many deemed insufficient. With this secularization came novels and books such as Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud which attempted to confront the phenomenon of human suffering. Unlike previous texts, which concluded the answer lay in religion, these texts allow an air of uncertainty regarding the phenomena, a lack of conclusion; finally offering solace for those who found no comfort in religious answers. Although they are two very different texts, one a fictional novel and the other a scientific essay, each respond to the phenomenon of human suffering by offering a relieving connection for readers through their admittance of human suffering in its variety of forms and furthermore, through their absence of a conclusion. Presenting unpopular and taboo subjects of the 1920’s such as homosexuality, feminism, and depression, Mrs. Dalloway allows readers to connect strongly through its employment of a rare and unique stream of consciousness narrative. The…

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