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...natural metaphors to symbolize a social hierarchy, Woolf challenges the accepted fact that a woman’s place in society is her fate, predetermined before her birth by earlier generations’ stipulations.
Even in the time span of one day, Clarissa Dalloway reflects on the choices of her past and its effects on her current situation. She is forced to determine whether trivial events and decisions can dramatically affect one’s life. Through her inner conflict, she realizes that the appearances of herself and society do not always reveal the reality of the condition at hand. Despite the fact that time only moves forward, we must all recognize that time is limitless within the expanse of our minds and is never restricted to only the present. It is what we decide to construct with our present time that defines who we are in the past and who we will become in the future.
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