Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

This paper discusses loneliness, uncertainty and search for reality in Virgina Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway.

Reality is something very erratic very undependable now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now in a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some saying. It overwhelms one walking home beneath the stars and takes the silent world more real than the world of speech – and then there it is again in an omnibus in the uproar of Piccadilly, Sometimes, too, it seems to dwell in shapes too far away for us to dis-cern what their nature is. But whatever it touches, it fixes and makes permanent. That is what remains over when the skin of the day has been cast into the hedge; that is what is left of past time and of our loves and hates.

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway captures this sense of reality. She …