Mrs. Dalloway

Lesson #1

Read Pages 3-29

Response Question page 195

In Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf combines interior with omniscient descriptions of character and scene. How does the author handle the transition between the interior and the exterior? Which characters’ points of view are primary to the novel; which minor characters are given their own points of view? Why, and how does Woolf handle the transitions from one point of view to another? How do the shifting points of view, together with that of the author, combine to create a portrait of Clarissa and her milieu?

Excerpt From: Woolf, Virginia. “Mrs. Dalloway.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ( iBooks.

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Key Terms

Interior Narration: "stream of consciousness" or "Internal monologue"

Omniscient Narration: impartial or reliable

Indirect Discourse: narrative style used by both Virginia Woolf and Jane Austin. A third person's representation of a person's thoughts.


Post an example of indirect discourse from the novel in the comments section. You cannot use an example already posted

Lesson #2

AP Open Ended 2007 Form A: In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Clarissa must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal. Create a lecture in which you show how the character’s relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

Check list:

-Examination of 5 passages

-Voice over and editing

-entire presentation should be greater than 5 minutes


Lesson #3

Clarrissa vs Septimus