Communication In Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway

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The communication is the strongest theme in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. It is the leading thought to which the main character Clarissa Dalloway, Septimus Warren Smith and others come back many times. Due to the lack of communication, or sometimes even none at all, most of the action happens and its consequences are the main output we take from this novel. It can be found very often in a contrast to the theme of privacy and private life, and the pursuit of attaining a balance between them leads us through the novel.
Clarissa is the character who struggles to open up and find a way to communicate others – this could be considered as a reason for throwing parties at her place. It is an attempt to bring people together and to help her as well. “’Peter! Peter!’ cried Clarissa, following him out on the landing. ‘My party! Remember my party tonight!’” (Woolf, 35) One of the pushes for such actions would be the old woman living in the house across Clarissa’s. On one hand Clarissa admires her for her independence and sees herself in a similar position one day; since as she grows older she feels more and more alone as well as she reflects more. As the old woman moves about the rooms of her house, Clarissa does the same inside her mind. On the other hand Clarissa is fully aware of the terrible cost – the loneliness. Clarissa sees it as the
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Peter and Clarissa are no longer able to connect with each other and to communicate properly. In the novel their deepest bound can be found when they are traveling through London in an omnibus. Only there is Clarissa able to reveal him some deep thoughts. This problem between them is however mainly caused by their mutual life experience and unachieved goals. Peter thinks of Clarissa as mundane and shallow member of upper-class society, somebody who would no longer care about such some more deeply

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