British Literature 1 (Contemporary) Instructor: Michael Thornton October 8, 2008 Mrs. Dalloway Assignment (due after we finish reading the novel) During the course of reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, keep a log of quotes and references regarding the following topics. Summarize in a single sentence or two your analysis of each topic, and include quotes to support your findings. 1. The state of the world or how people get through life: the novel takes place after the Great War (which we call WWI, but only after WWII took place); each character in their own way deals with the trauma of the war, and its after effects on their country and psyche. Write a few sentences about each of the seven main characters – Clarissa, Richard, Hugh, Peter, Sally, Septimus and Lucrezia – which illustrate each character’s take on life after the war, and include a quote from the book for each. 2. Views on Colonialism: point out – again with quotes from the text – the views on colonialism of three different characters. (These need not be the main characters.) 3. Representative Symbolism: assume that Virginia Woolf focused on the main characters because they represented to her types of individuals and psychological profiles that she witnessed in the world around her. What does each of the main characters represent? Think social or psychological types, for Clarissa, Richard, Hugh, Peter, Sally, Septimus and Lucrezia. 4. Time and Memory: In a short essay, contrast Clarissa and Septimus’s approaches to life: consider their notions about time, their memories, and their visions of life. Again, use quotes as your main source of analysis. Write at least a paragraph on each character.
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