The Elusion of Happiness in Viginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

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51bk54pgz0LOn the 28th of March 1941, English writer Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in the River Ouse, near Lewes, East Sussex during a bout of severe depression. Her entire life revolved around the fruitless chase of inner peace and happiness which she fervently pursued through the creative act of writing. Her novel Mrs Dallowaypublished in May 1925 is an example in which she explores the various facets of happiness through the eyes of a female protagonist.

In short, the plot of the book Mrs Dalloway captures a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in 1923 London. Clarissa is preparing for an evening social gathering and pops out to buy some flowers for the party. On her walk through London she reminisces about her youth in rural Bourton, her friendship with the free-spirited Sally and her refusal of…

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