When Virginia Woolf first began sketching out her plans for Mrs. Dalloway she wrote in her journal that she wanted to show “the world seen by the sane and the insane”. Although Clarissa Dalloway is the story’s main character there is a parallel and equally significant male lead as well, Septimus Smith. These characters are an interesting set because they balance each other perfectly. They have much in common but even more to set them as almost polar opposites. Clarissa is very involved with the physical world, worrying about parties and very aware of her surroundings. Septimus on the other hand is almost introverted, and confined to his own mind. Although the two characters never formally meet they are bounded together through their links with other characters, almost like a tree where two leaves are on the same branch but still very far away.
Virginia Woolf wrote Clarissa Dalloway to portray many things; she is a wife, a mother, and a hostess, however even though her days are filled with human interactions she isn’t particularly close to any other characters except perhaps Sally. Clarissa made the choice to separate her self from passion when she chose…show more content… They have both lost someone close to them, and that lose has affect the character they became. They both have a strong fear of oppression; Carissa’s being brought on by her lifestyle and past, while Septimus fears the entire world. Many wonder why Wool didn’t use Septimus as Clarissa’s male counterpart however that would have brought the characters too close together. When they are apart their issues and fears stand on their own. If they were to be brought together it would change the dynamic of the novel entirely. Also by keeping them separated Woolf creates a metaphor for how people can be so caught up in their own thoughts, they never even notice who is around them, and what is wrong with