Virginia Woolf uses stream of consciousness to affect the association between characters, the importance of time, and the point of view from which the story is told to deliver a work of fiction that breaks the barriers of a typical novel. Many of the characters in Mrs. Dalloway have unmistakable links to each other with relationships that date back to their youth. By using different moments in time, an incident, a sound, or a sight, Virginia Woolf relates each character. Therefore, the arrangement of the novel is centered off of the connection of the various characters. “Was Evelyn ill again?
I resent the tension it creates. The notion of time in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway particularly interests me. Her original title, The Hours, indicates the importance of time as one of the novel's themes (Lee 92). By looking at Woolf's writing style, critiquing her use of clocks, and analyzing Clarissa's thoughts, the reader finds a philosophical message about time, powerfully expressed. The lyrical, flowing pattern of Woolf?s writing easily slides in and out of different characters?
Instead, meaning, like modernism, engenders its own multiplicity in Joyce's works, diffuses into something necessarily plural: meanings. An ontological crisis is inextricable from this crisis of meaning and representation. In Joyce's stories the reader is displaced from her/his traditionally passive role as receptor of the knowledge an author seeks to impart, and "positioned as both reader and writer of text, in some ways playing as integral a part in constructing the work as the author does. (Benstock 17)" In the novel's opening story, "The Sisters," Joyce elevates this concern with writing "reality" from sub-theme to theme: the story is an extended meditation on textuality just as much as it is the story of a boy and a priest. By beginning with a metatext Joyce brilliantly opens up the entire collection for a different kind of reading, one based on noticing rather than overlooking literature's limitations.
Pause, reflect, and the reader may see at once the opposing yet relative perceptions made between life, love, marriage and death in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. In this novel, Woolf seems to capture perfectly the very essence of life, while conveying life’s significance as communicated to the reader in light tones of consciousness arranged with the play of visual imagery. That is, each character in the novel plays an intrinsic role in that the individuality of other characters can be seen only through the former’s psyche. Moreover, every aspect of this novel plays a significant role in its creation. For instance; the saturation of the present by the past, the atmospheres conjoining personalities and separating them, and the moments when things come together and fall apart.
While reading Virginia Woolf's classic novel, Mrs. Dalloway, Michael Cunningham was inspired to write his revision The Hours. In The Hours, Michael Cunningham gives his interpretation of the characters in Mrs. Dalloway while giving it a modern twist. Like Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham includes many controversial topics like mental illness, and relationships among individuals of the same sex. While Woolf just mentions the idea of being with another woman in her novel, Cunningham takes this and makes it into something different, Even though Cunningham has made changes to the original text, you can still see the parallels between the two. What makes the story more modern is the way he presents the stories.
Jane Austen’s Nothanger Abbey is a unique work unlike many other early 19th century novels. It is clear the author was aware of her audience and it can be argued that Austen had, in a sense, created a new breed of character within a new breed of novel. Catherine Morland, through her coming of age tale, is a completely believable and realistic character, challenging the way readers typically related to the characters in their novels. Throughout her journey, Catherine experiences excitements, disappointments and even struggles that avid readers, such as her, can easily relate to. Jane Austen strategically employs the use of various narrative techniques throughout her work, which also allow the reader to grasp greater insight into the mind of their heroine; they begin to become familiar with Catherine and even develop a relationship with and an attachment for her.
Just when the audience starts to think that they’ve begun to establish an order of events, they start to realize that Woolf seems to take pleasure in confusing her audience by inserting an event or idea that has happened in the past or she anticipates a reaction, so that time in her novelistic world, the past and present and future, seem to flow into one another in an unbroken stream of consciousness. In modern fiction today, one of the modern themes that can be seen throughout these works is the Das Unheimliche or “The Uncanny” due to the influence of Sigmund Freud during this era and also due to the life style of post war era as well as authors wanting the fiction to be relatable to the real world today. First I would like to provide some historical background for Woolf’s novel “To the Lighthouse.” This background information will be about the time when Virginia Woolf was livi... ... middle of paper ... ...l its civilizing influences are doomed to be “pitched downwards to the depths of darkness” (TL: 138). A place which is all too familiar to Mr. Ramsay because throughout the novel he has become a prisoner in this darkness because he has allowed himself to be trapped within the confines of the uncanny that exists in his subconscious mind and is starting to bloom and grow in his conscious state of being. In essays written between 1919 and 1925, Woolf talks mostly, as we have already seen, about extending the novel to embrace human consciousness, to provide a more accurate record of the flickering emotions of everyday life.
What Lewis is saying is that Kathy’s narration is consistently typical of memory narrative, she moves from memory to memory suddenly and frequently and yet clearly divides her narrative into separate parts: Hailsham, the Cottages, life as a carer, and life as a donor. Ishiguro deals with memory both explicitly in the novel and by using literary devices such as unreliable narration and the displacement of narrative. Kathy’s story, and the act of telling it, affirms her human qualities in the eyes of the addressee. By exploring and sharing the nature of her existence she subverts the role she is meant to play, she becomes more than just a collection of organs by engaging her own mind.
A “real transgressive force” animates this novel, Yaeger argues, gathering a narrative momentum through its successive attempts to articulate a language that corresponds to Edna’s interior landscape, “a language which nobody understood,” as Chopin’s narrator says. While Edna may never possess this language nor delight in sharing its spoken cadences with another, the reader of The Awakening experiences a gradual liberatio... ... middle of paper ... ... to mind works written by subsequent generations of women novelists. One sees Chopin’s text straining toward, among other elements, the narrative innovations achieved in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves. One is also reminded of the “lyric” novels of the American writer Carole Maso, whose so-called experimental works typically eschew plot and conventional linear narration. In a recent book of essays, Maso admits that her erotic novel Aureole was “shaped by desire’s magical and subversive qualities,” she notes; “[desire] imposed its swellings, its ruptures, its erasures, it motions.” (Break Every Rule, 115).
To describe the concept of time in modernism, Tim Armstrong writes: the dynamization of temporality is one of the defining features of modernism: past, present, and future exist in a relationship of crisis” (modernism, 9). Metaphorically, Woolf applies Big Ben in “Mrs. Dalloway” to emphasize on the fact that, different characters: Clarissa, Peter Walsh, Septimus and others in different parts of London hear the Big Ben which associated them to different things. Moreover Woolf describes the Big Ben shortly: “irrevocable” and “The leaden circles dissolve in the air” (4) which reveal the fact that she has noticed the passing of time and also suggest the importance of time associated with individuals’ temporal experience in modern life. After the emergence of Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis, it was impossible for Woolf to ignore the effect of unconscious on the perception of reality in conscious; thereby, to perceive the mental chaos of modern human which is mainly derived from the latent crisis of modernity and the aftermath of the Great War, Woolf examines their mental life and the stream of human though... ... middle of paper ... ...s is asserted, flight from a wretched reality, but from the last remaining thought of resistance” (144).