Clarissa Dalloway's 'Double'
Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" is a day-in-the-life story that folds back and forth in time, examining one woman's life decisions and one man's postwar nightmare. The woman is Clarissa Dalloway, a "perfect hostess" in her early fifties, confronts the decisions she made thirty years ago. The man, intended by the author to be Clarissa's "double", is the "shell-shocked" war veteran Septimus Warren Smith who suffers delayed flashbacks over the wartime death of
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the final communion of Clarissa and her "double" is achieved without a "physical confrontation," it is not necessary for their relationship to be merely a metaphysical one. Instead, there is a social dimension in their relationship as they are living under the same social forces and environment.
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Ruotolo, Lucio P. (Stanford University Press, 1986.)