Summary of the Book Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway is story written by Virginia Woolf. The narration begins and ends on the same day. The story depicts life in England after the World War I. Clarissa Dalloway being the protagonist leaves the house for a trip to the city of London. Despite the journey around the town during the day, she knows that she would be hosting a party for her friends and close family members in the evening. That morning before starting the journey to the town center, a thought crosses her mind of how she grew up in the countryside in Bourton. It also prompts her to question the kind of husband she married. What was running in her mind was whether she ought to have fallen for a dependable Richard Dalloway at the expense of an enigmatic as well as demanding Peter Walsh. Coincidentally, Peter makes a surprise visit to Dalloway that morning and reintroduces the topic which had been on her mind that morning.

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While in London, a war veteran Septimus Warren Smith who had the symptoms of delayed traumatic stress was in the park with his Italian wife, Lucrezia. While they were at the park, Peter Walsh was observing them. The war veteran, on the other hand, was experiencing hallucinations of his friend Evans, who became a casualty of war. Later in the evening, the hospital admits him under a critical condition where he decides to commit suicide when he attempts to jump out of the window. Finally, night comes, and Clarissa’s party begins. She looks unimpressed by the party because everything looks mundane to her. While still at the party, she learns that Septimus has committed suicide and died, but the news does not sadden her. Surprisingly, she views that death with admiration while praising the victim for his boldness to embrace death and avoid suffering (Woolf 170).


Work Cited

Woolf, Virginia. “Mrs. Dalloway.” Collected Novels of Virginia Woolf, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 1992, pp. 33-176.