We are fast approaching Clarissa Dalloway Day and final preparations, rehearsals and walk throughs are all happening.
Please remember to bring picnic things for the end when we get chance to rest our feet in Regent’s park.
We are asking all participants to wear something green. Which ties in with the book, where the symbolism of green is an ongoing theme.
The parallels between the natural, rhythmical life cycles, and human experiences are reinforced throughout the novel by the abundance of greens, the colour of much of the women’s attire, almost as if it were a kind of leafing or natural exfoliation, symbolic even of Clarissa’s own growth, her evolving from the young woman she is at the start of her reminiscences, to the Clarissa Dalloway on that June day, who’s inner dialogue tells us much of her life’s story. For the younger women in the novel, this identification seems innate and spontaneous. Elizabeth is ‘like a hyacinth, sheathed in glossy green’; at the party, the debutante Nancy Blow, though she is dressed at great expense by the greatest artists in Paris’ looks as if ‘her body had merely put forth, of its own accord, a green frill.’ Clarissa admires ‘lovely old sea-green brooches’ at the jewellers, and her favourite dress is ‘a silver-green mermaid’s dress.’ Miss Kilman wears a green mackintosh coat. Many symbolisms of and meanings of wearing the colour green are evident throughout the novel.
Virginia Woolf is one of the greatest writers whose works reflect her philosophy of life and identification of women. She grew up with an intense interest in the feminist questions, and her novels hold keys to the meaning of life and the position of women in the existing patriarchal society of her time. She portrays the impact of the patriarchal English society on women’s lives, the loneliness and frustration of women’s lives that had been shaped by the moral, ideological and conventional factors.
Mrs. Dalloway, regarded as a masterpiece of Virginia Woolf, is a novel of overlapping themes. Woolf has much to say about society and the post-war changes but a steady underlying theme in the book is feminism, the roles of women of that period and their seeming insignificance. Basically it is the character of Clarissa Dalloway, her relation with Sally Seton, and other women characters, Miss Kilman, Lucrezia Warren, who are also clustered around Clarissa in different contexts of the novel, through which Woolf reveals the physical as well as the psychological world of womanhood – their dilemmas, subjectivity, sexuality and conditioning in the traditional patriarchal society.
Woolf fought for women’s individual identity, privacy and freedom in the male dominated society. In the novel Mrs. Dalloway, these views bloom. Please come along for 11am on Sunday 16 June, in Dean’s yard by the Great College