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This paper discusses how Virginia Woolf's novel addresses several themes such as reality versus the subconscious, shared experiences of society, and sanity versus insanity. The author also explores how, at its core, "Mrs. Dalloway" is a social critique of post-World War I upper-class society.
From the Paper:"As an adult, Clarissa deals with very few women who are not of her station. Those that she does see treat her in a way that illustrates how artificial her life has become. For instance, Miss Pym, the woman who works at the florist on Bond Street, treats her as if she were royalty. When a loud motorcar drives by the outside of the shop, apologizes "with her hands full of sweet peas, as if those motor cars, those tyres of motor cars, were all her fault." Yet at the same time, the motorcar only serves to accentuate the fact that Clarissa is not royalty. At seeing it pass, everyone on Bond Street, shop keepers and their high class patrons alike, seem to become excited at the possibility that the queen or prime minister may be the passenger in the car. Woolf seems to be using this scene to comment on the innate inequality of British society at the time."
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