Religion In Mrs Dalloway

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Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs (bbc). Whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or any other, every religion preaches the virtues of love, peace, tolerance, patience, faith and understanding among individuals. Over the long haul, religious faith has proven itself the most powerful and enduring force in human history (Reno,2013:8). Religion provides a framework by which human beings tries to understand the true meaning and purpose of their living, develop a sense of…show more content…
Her novels do not have a neat plot in the traditional sense but a chaotic flow of impressions and sensations felt by individual characters. To her, “life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end” (Woolf, 1925:96). Hence she presents in her novels the fluidity of life with truth. She perfectly illustrates her theory of novel in Mrs. Dalloway. Though Mrs. Dalloway takes place in London on a single June day, 1923 and centers on Clarissa, a woman in her early fifties, there are many stories told in this novel through different characters and shifts in time. She turns her characters into a type of symbols in order to show how society lacks in humanity and how people take advantages of each other for personal gains. She feels that it is man’s exploitation of man that causes the sufferings and that this exploitation can take place anywhere and be either social, political, economic or religious (Thakur, 1965: 55). In her diary she writes, “I want to give life and death, sanity and insanity; I want to criticize the social system and to show it at work, at its most intense” (Woolf qtd. in Thakur, 1965:55). And so she chooses Mrs. Dalloway as a channel to put forth her criticism against society. I have limited my paper only to religious aspect of the novel and study of Miss Kilman’s
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