Mrs. Dalloway By Virginia Woolf Essay

2060 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Throughout the novel “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf, there is a certain understanding of underlying skepticism of the world. A huge part of the story revolves around the premise of being able to see into the thoughts of all of the characters. This allows the reader to make assumptions about each character’s own unique morals and their personalities. Woolf does an exquisite job of giving the reader an omnipresent point of view in which we see all occurrences throughout the span of a single day. Also, Woolf alludes to many outside works in her character’s dialogues, however, none are more present than the works of William Shakespeare. She uses specific lines from plays to emphasize consciousness and thought within her characters. However, one of the most repeated lines in the book is a line from William Shakespeare’s play “Cymbeline” in which it is said, “Fear no more the heat o’ the sun.” Woolf uses this line to symbolize the state of acceptance towards death and life within the character Mrs. Dalloway and within her own real-life struggle against depression.
The first time that the phrase “Fear no more o’ the sun” was mentioned, it lacked the necessary background to be thoroughly processed. It is only by the separation from the rest of the text surrounding it does its true meaning and emphasis become visible which can later be drawn upon. Shakespearean beliefs are highly prevalent throughout most of Mrs. Dalloway, and these beliefs fuel many of the different…

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