Point Of View And Mrs. Dalloway Writing

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Point of View and Character in Mrs. Dalloway In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the lack of explicit details describing Clarissa, Peter Walsh, Scrope Purvis, and Hugh do not equate a dearth of their development within the first 10 paragraphs of the novel. A master of subtlety, the author utilizes point of view to provide a preliminary grasp of the inner workings of the aforementioned characters. As the protagonist of Mrs. Dalloway, Clarissa’s point of view monopolizes the beginning of the novel. Her spectacle reveals several things about her person without the author overtly explaining them to the reader. Clarissa presents a first impression of empathy and exuberance within the first two paragraphs. Preparing to play hostess for her upcoming party, Mrs. Dalloway kindly offers her maid Lucy a hand by buying “the flowers herself” (Woolf 1). Happily walking through the fresh air on this particular errand, Clarissa muses on both the beauty of the day in the present and the past, intimating her appreciation natural beauty. Although much of what the reader can infer about Peter Walsh is based on Clarissa’s point of view, the protagonist’s former love interest’s lens is also briefly inspected. When Mrs. Dalloway runs into her old friend Hugh Whitbread, the author reveals that even after many years, “[Peter] had never to this day forgiven her for liking him” (3). This perspective implies that Peter is the jealous type, even passionate and stubborn because he still clings to past grudges. This implication is perpetuated in the following paragraph as Peter’s opinion that Hugh, “had no heart, no brain, nothing but the manners and breeding of an English gentleman” (3) indicates that perhaps Mr. Walsh hails from a less prestigious background than Mr. Whitbread, a fact that makes him somewhat insecure at times. Mrs. Dalloway’s encounters and references to Scrope Purvis

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