An example of the difference between Septimus and the modern world as a whole is when the airplane flies above the people in the city as it spells out the word toffee. Most of the people watching were amazed by this new technology. “‘Glaxo,’ said Mrs. Coates in a strained, awestricken voice…’Kreemo,’ murmured Mrs. Bletchley, like a sleepwalker…as they looked the whole world because perfectly still…(and the car went in the gates and nobody looked at it)” (20-21). The people were so enthralled with the plane; they didn’t even care about the royal car coming in to the palace. Septimus on the other hand is completely lost in his own thoughts and interprets the plane differently. “So, t...
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...g to grasp the legitimacy and severity of the disease. From this unfortunate reality emerged a Modernist novel in which Virginia Woolf sets out to juxtapose the ‘sane’ and the ‘insane’ in an attempt to express her disgust of society’s lack of sympathy and blindness towards those who suffer with mental illness.
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