Objectification Of Clarissa's Characters In 'Mrsrs. Dalloway'

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Clarissa and Septimus as doppelgangers In her introduction to 1928 edition of Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf called Septimus as Clarissa’s “double”. Clarissa and Septimus are doppelgangers or doubles of each other. They never met in the novel but their feelings mirror each other’s that is their need to have their own “individuality”. Septimus and Clarissa are also doppelgangers as Septimus represents the external objectification of Clarissa’s internal conflicts. Doppelgangers are the spiritually or physically doubles of another person but in this case, Septimus is the spiritual counterpart to Clarissa. The spiritually double counterpart of a person is also in Egyptian mythology as the “spirit double” where the feelings are shared between the person and their counterparts. Clarissa lives a comfortable life as the wife of Richard Dalloway and is a part of the upper middle-class society. She throws “incessant parties” which shows her capacity to enjoy life and the love in bringing people together and talking to them. But on the inside she is empty. Her life is only superficial and without any meaning. She is dissatisfied and feels her life holds no significance. She is termed by Peter as a “perfect hostess” which is the symbol of insincerity. Being this way; putting a façade on the outside and being hollow on the inside has made her lose her individuality “This being Mrs. Dalloway; not even Clarissa anymore; this being Mrs. Richard
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