William Woolf 's Mrs. Dalloway Essay

1237 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
The turn of the 20th century brought a great deal of change into the world. This was a time of development in science and technology. By 1910’s and 1920’s rolled around the world was already an entirely different place form the start of the century. During this period the world saw the greatest war of their generation and one of the biggest and one of the most deadly in history. World War One affected the whole world and changed the lives of many. Virgina Woolf’s, “Mrs. Dalloway” is a great commentary on many of the social changes and important issues you saw during this time, including psychiatry and World War One (WW1). Woolf is able to effectively bring to light these important issues. While writing “Mrs. Dalloway”, Virgina Woolf discovered a way of expressing the new realities of post war England. After World War One, soldiers were returning back to England fresh off the horrific trenches of the front line. No one imagined that this war would’ve turned out to be one of the bloodiest stalemates in history. The soldiers coming home from battle were still suffering even though the war was long over. Many of the soldiers coming back were suffering from “shell shock” now know as “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. This caused the men to suffer from hysteria, anxiety, depression, and many more symptoms. Unfortunately, these men were severely mistreated because of knowledge of psychiatry at the time was very misinformed. Woolf does an excellent job interpreting how soldiers…

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