Summary Of Virginia Woolf's Themes In 'The Hours'?

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Register to read the introduction… Like Virginia, she is trapped in an unhappy marriage despite having a kind and loving husband. Laura, like Virginia has homosexual tendencies, which surface in the scene where she comforts Kitty after learning of Kitty's health problems. Laura also is contemplating suicide; however, she "will not let herself go morbid. She'll make the beds, vacuum, cook the birthday dinner. She will not mind, about anything (101). Coincidentally, Virginia Woolf wrote in The Diaries that she "had a thing for Kitty" who was one of her mother's best friends.

Cunningham mirrors Woolf's themes and techniques throughout the story. Clarissa Dalloway first appeared as Richard Dalloway's wife in The Voyage Out is portrayed by Woolf utilizing "stream of consciousness". This technique attempts to place the reader in character's mind. Woolf makes simple events seem like a time to reflect on several of themes; changes over time, relationships between sexes, and social classes inequalities. Cunningham mirrors these themes in continually in The
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In Dalloway in Bond St, "for Mrs. Dalloway June was fresh" (2456). Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is also set on a single day in June. Cunningham further mimics Woolf by employing a mirror or looking glass in The Hours. Mrs. Woolf thinking about the mirror, "The mirror is dangerous" (30-31). "She washes her face and does not look, certainly not this morning" (31). Likewise, Woolf wrote of Clarissa in Mrs. Dalloway in Bond St. as she was trying on gloves, "And Clarissa looked at her arm in the looking-glass." (2460), but looks at nothing more, and in Woolf's The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Refection, she writes of Isabella realizing the danger; "Here was the women herself. She stood naked in the pitiless light. And, there was nothing. Isabella was perfectly empty. She had no thoughts, she had no friends"

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