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Looking At Love Effects It is one thing to look at the relationships and the love shown in those relationships, but it is another thing to look at the effects love had throughout Mrs. Dalloway. "So she would still find herself arguing in St. James's Park, still making out that she had been right-and she had too-not to marry him." (MD 7) Marriage is not about passionate love for Virginia Woolf -- it is a partnership with quiet love, caring for one another, keeping the other going. One partner gives care and sympathy and the other accepts it gracefully and sparkles for them. This reciprocal relationship allows both parties a safe place in the scary world to retreat to when overwhelmed by the company. Marriage is a part of life, but not all of life. In the beginning of Mrs. Dalloway, we are first informed that "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself," (MD 3) and then, "thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning-fresh as if issued to children on a beach." Is Clarissa Mrs. ...read more.


yet she felt, having freed herself from his grasp, "It was his silly unconventionality, his weakness, his lack of the ghost of a notion what any one else was feeling that annoyed her, had always annoyed her; and now at his age, how silly!" (MD 46) Clarissa lives a long life, celebrating life, and Richard thinks of her in "starts, as at luncheon, when he saw her quite distinctly; their whole life." (MD 115) He sees her as a miracle, as something he is lucky to have and to be cherished. He brings her flowers. He can not say that he loves her, directly, but when he goes to speak, she wonders "Why? There were the roses." (MD 199) She knows that she is loved and appreciated. Richard tells her not to be a fool, "Now, my dear, don't be a fool. Hold this- fetch that." (MD 75) Like Miss Kilman, "she liked people who were ill." (MD 136) She had power over them, power to make them think of her and her overwhelming generosity and beauty. ...read more.


(MD 120) Virginia was unevenly between these extremes. Her husband was for unwinding around, but she craved his sympathy and good opinion. He petted and protected her, but she often felt stifled and frustrated by 'the rules,' designed to keep her under control. Her inspiration and excitement came from her friends. Of all of her main characters, only Mrs. Dalloway survives. "It is Clarissa, he said. For there she was."(MD 194) She kept her identity. Virginia felt that she asked too much of Leonard, "I am wasting your life," (Lee 747) and she allowed herself to drown even though she could swim. She put rocks in her pockets. She walked into the river. She slipped up somewhere and misjudged and was overwhelmed and lost hope. Feeling powerless, she died. How can that be taken seriously? You just do not do that. It helps no one. So what did Virginia Woolf care about most? No idea, but she does present her readers with possible options for themselves to care about. The most evidence is for managing relationships so that the effects of love sustain and enhance yourself and those around you. Troy Neeley ENGL 201 11-5 ...read more.

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