Analysis Of Laura Brown's 'The Hours'

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Despite contemplating about taking pills to kill herself, which conveys a desire of minimal aggression to herself, since this method of suicide doesn’t imply any pain or sufferings, Laura couldn’t follow through with her plan. In turn, she chooses to “kill her family,” instead of herself by leaving them once her second child was born and denying their very existence, in what can be understood to be one of the primitive conflicts of the depressive suicidal: the wish to die, to kill, or be killed. “It was death, I chose life” (The Hours). With Laura’s decision to abandon her family, morality comes into play. Does Laura Brown’s morality derive from sentiment (contending David Hume’s argument) or does it derive from reason? “Utility is only a tendency to a certain end; and were the end totally indifferent to us, we should feel the same indifference towards the means. It is requisite a sentiment should here display itself, in order to give preference to the useful above the pernicious tendencies. This sentiment can be no other than a feeling for the happiness of mankind, and a resentment of their misery; since these are the different ends which virtue and vice have a tendency to promote. Here therefore reason…show more content…
Dalloway and the two deaths of Virginia and Richard in The Hours epitomize that the mentally ill commit suicide for the sake of their loved ones. David Hare’s The Hours, enhances the ideas depicted in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: “Death was defiance. Death was an attempt to communicate; people feeling the impossibility of reaching the centre which, mystically, evaded them; closeness drew apart; rapture faded, one was alone. There was an embrace in death” (Woolf 184). Death becomes a way out for Septimus, Virginia, and Richard. There isn’t really much needed to tell a story: just a few hours and a few friends. Then all will come out, and the truth will finally be allowed to live free, as hopelessness dies among a bed of yellow

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