William Woolf 's Mrs. Dalloway Essay

1486 Words Oct 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Death is Another Form of Life The famous Russian writer Boris Pasternak ever said, “Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life.” Like a coin always having two sides, the problem of life and death always interact with each other. In the 1925 published novel Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf declares the idea of life and death is consistent with individual consciousness. Some people die, their consciousness still live; some people live, their consciousness is empty, they are the walking dead. Although Clarissa has well material life, her spiritual life is empty and her consciousness surrenders to her life. In the case of Septimus, he has disconnected with the world, death becomes the only effective way to reach the internal peace, his consciousness. That is, Woolf intends to deliver the crucial message through the development of characters’ consciousness to reveal the righteous way of living: only when we understand death profoundly, we can live a meaningful and wonderful life. What we should aim is the internal peace rather than the ephemeral material desire. As the war veteran, Setpimus still suffers from the shell-shocked; he seemingly feels numb and can’t communicate with others. The doctors Holmes and his wife Rezia didn’t even figure out his mental illness. In this case, those people indirectly isolate Septimus and become strangers for Septimus, as he questions the society, “The world has raised…

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