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Mrs. Dalloway questions for final- brit lit

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what does Mrs. D decide to do at the opening of the novel?
buy flowers for herself
who is Lucy?
a maid, or worker
what does Clarissa hear now?
squeaking of hinges
what kind of premonition does Clarissa have?
something bad will happen
where has Peter Walsh been?
India
how does Clarissa's neighbor describe her?
a charming woman, compared to a bird
how long has Clarissa lived in Westminster?
more than 20 years
what is the setting of the novel?
June in London
what war has just ended?
WW1
who does Clarissa run into on her walk?
Hugh Whitbread
how does Mrs. Dalloway originally know Hugh Whitbread?
childhood friends
what was Peter Walsh's opinion of Hugh?
hated him because he acts superior
how are Peter and Clarissa different?
they view nature different.. Clarissa loves nature and Peter hates it
what does Clarissa say must be in marriage?
a license to marriage and independence- 'a day apart'
what happened in Clarissa's past in the little garden by the fountain? why?
they broke up because he married a girl on a boat to India
what is Clarissa's gift?
knowing people by instinct
name some other friends of Clarissa's.
Sylvia, Fred, Sally Seton
why does Clarissa say she does things?
to impress people
how does Clarissa describe her own physical appearance?
starved herself for the Austrians
who is Miss Kilman?
Elizabeth's tutor
how would you characterize Clarissa's concerns for her daughter Elizabeth?
worried Elizabeth likes Mrs. Kilman
how does Miss Kilman make Clarissa feel?
upset and hated
what is the name of the florist?
Ms. Pym
what sound interrupts Clarissa's time in the florist shop?
an explosion
Whose face do you suppose people think they saw "against the dove-grey upholstery"?
Prime Minister
Rumours circulate after the explosion from the motor car. What metaphor is used to describe them?
a pulse irregularly drumming through an entire body
Describe Septimus Warren Smith. How does he enter into the story?
30 years old, pale, beak nose, brown shoes, shabby overcoat, hazel eyes. He is walking around London
What happens to Septimus after the car explosion?
in horror
Who is with Septimus?
his wife
How long have Septimus and Lucrezia been married?
4-5 years
What awful thing has Septimus said to Lucrezia?
he will kill himself
Where is Lucrezia originally from?
Italy
Who does Clarissa believe was in the motorcar?
the Queen or the Prime Minister
To whom does Clarissa seem to compare herself?
the Queen
What was the effect of the car on Bond Street? What are some of the things it leads people to think about?
a slight ripple which flowed through shops on both sides of the streets. Death & war
Who are the king and queen of England at this time?
Queen Mary & King George V
Who makes up the crowd outside of Buckingham Palace? What are some of their names? What class of people are they?
poor people. Sarah Bletchley & Emily Coates. The lower class
Who first notices the aeroplane in the sky?
Mrs. Coates
What is the plane doing?
spelling something
What time is it when the plane is in the sky?
11
How does the stream-of-consciousness narration connect Mrs. Coates to Lucrezia Warren Smith and Septimus?
take an interest in things outside
What are Dr. Holmes's instructions to Lucrezia?
nothing is the matter
What is wrong with Septimus?
he is working too hard
What does Lucrezia wish for Septimus?
he will die
What effect does loving Septimus have on Lucrezia?
makes her solitary
What vision does Septimus have? Who is Evans?
friend from war
What does Maisie Johnson want to know? How old is Maisie? Where is she from?
the way to Reagent's Park tube station- she's from Edinburgh, Scotland
Who are Percy and Carrie Dempster? What are their problems?
people in the park
How many different points of view (perspectives) did you read in this section? Whose were they?
Edgar J. Watkins, Septimus Waren Smith, Mrs. Dalloway, Sarah Bletchley, Emily Coates, Rezia, Dr. Holmes, Maisie Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Dempster
who opens the door for Clarissa and what is her job?
Lucy- maid
Clarissa compared herself to the queen in the last section, what does she compare herself to now?
a nun
what are Clarissa's religious beliefs? how does she feel about her life?
doesn't believe in God.. felt blessed and purified
what is the name of Clarissa's husband?
Richard
who invites Mr. Dalloway to lunch? how does Clarissa feel about this?
Lady Millicent Bruton; Clarissa is jealous
what do you think it means that Clarissa "at certain moments... [felt] what men felt?"
she had romantic feelings for herself
who is Sally Seton and what was/is Clarissa's relationship with her?
friends- they used to be romantically linked
describe the appearance and family background of Sally
dark features.. does not have a great home life
what is some of Sally Seton's "shocking" behavior?
runs through the house naked
who is Aunt Helena?
Clarissa's aunt
What allusion to Shakespeare's Othello does Clarissa bring up?
"if it were now to die 'twere now to be most happy"
What happens to Clarissa on a summer walk one day with Peter Walsh, Joseph Breitkopf, and Sally Seton?
Clarissa and sally kiss.
What age has Clarissa just turned?
52
What color is the dress that Clarissa plans to wear to her party? What has happened to the dress? Who made the dress?
...its green. sally parker made the dress
Who arrives at the door while Clarissa is sewing her dress? How long has he been away and to where? What time is it when he makes a visit?
Peter walsh he has been been in india for 5 years. arrives at 11am
How do Clarissa and Peter find the other's appearance after all this time?
Clarissa has aged.Peter got skinner and looks the same.
What does Peter take out of his pocket and play with?
...a pocket knife
What is the name of Clarissa's father? Who didn't get along with him?
Justin Parry. he didnt get along with their friends and peter.
Who is Daisy?
...Peters girlfriend for India.
What does Peter do that annoys Clarissa?
...plays with pocket knife
What surprised you about Peter and Clarissa's interaction?
Peter cries
What are some ways that reveal the alienation and isolation of Peter and Clarissa?
...
What does the word "histrionically" mean? How does it explain Clarissa's behavior?
deliberatley overly dramtic in behavior or speech. perfect hostess and wants to act that way.
At what time does Elizabeth Dalloway come into the room with Peter and Clarissa?
1130
To what sound are Clarissa's words (or the thought of them in Peter's head, "remember my party...") compared?
chiming of the big ben
For what reasons does Peter criticize Clarissa?
her girlhood timidty has carried through in middle age.
What does Peter do to a young woman he sees in Trafalgar Square? Why do you think he does this?
...he begins to follow her. she seems to become his ideal women as he looks at her.he compares her to clarissa and decides she is not rich or wordly as clarrissa is.
Did Peter get along with Justin Parry (Clarissa's father)? Why or why not?
no they argued over politcs
What does Peter think of Elizabeth Dalloway?
he expects that she does not get along with her mother. she is also very grown up and handsome.
Does Peter intend to go to Clarissa's party?
yes
What does Peter Walsh do in Regent's Park while an elderly nurse knits over a sleeping baby?
he falls asleep
When does Peter Walsh say the "death of [Clarissa's] soul" happened? Why does he say this?
Clarissa developed manners over time and he thinks they are fake.
What does Clarissa do the first time she meets Richard Dalloway?
Callss him the wrong name.
What does Peter admire in Clarissa that also enrages him?
her courage and ability to see things through.
What similar memory to Clarissa's does Peter also have?
time at the fountain
List some of Septimus's symptoms
He has committed a crime
He wants to commit suicide
Why does Septimus say, "Their marriage was over..."?
Rezia wasn't wearing a wedding ring
What are some of the changes Peter Walsh notices in England after returning after his five years in India? (post-war changes)
People looked different
The fashion and newspapers changed
People put on makeup in public
What happens to Sally Seton? (Whom does she marry and where does she live now?)
Mr. Rosseter; She lives in Manchester
What did Sally and Hugh argue about in the past?
Women's rights
On this visit to England after his five years in India, Peter plans to see lawyers about a divorce for his girlfriend Daisy. What does he also plan to ask Hugh Whitbread or Richard Dalloway?
Find him a job
Who is Sylvia and what happened to her?
Clarissa's sister- killed by a fallen tree
How do Peter Walsh's and Rezia Warren Smith's views of the "poor old woman" contrast?
Peter feels sympathy for the woman. Rezia relates to the woman.
How is Septimus connected to Mr. Brewer?
He was his boss at a clerk shop.
What was Septimus's dream job/vocation before the war? Who was he in love with before the war?
A poet; fell in love with Miss Isabel Pole.
Where did Septimus meet Rezia? Why does he say (in his mind) that he became engaged to her? (What was he trying to bring back?)
Milan; He was bringing back the feeling of love towards Rezia
What is a milliner?
a hatmaker
Do both Septimus and Rezia want to have children? Why or why not?
Septimus: against children-there shouldn't be anymore children.. Rezia: wants children
What are some of the remedies that Dr. Holmes prescribes? Do they help Septimus? Why or why not?
To take a trip to the music hall; No, because he is getting worse.
What is Sir William Bradshaw's job? What does he prescribe for Septimus?
Psychiatrist; A long period of bed rest
What is Sir William Bradshaw saying when he says Septimus "does not have a sense of proportion"?
He is not all there.. He has something wrong with him
Note the time at the end of the section on p. 100. After Rezia and Septimus leave Sir William Bradshaw it is
half past one
What are some of the good deeds Hugh Whitbread has done in his life?
He always brings Mrs. Bruton a bunch of carnations when he visits.
What mistake does Hugh Whitbread unknowingly make about Miss Brush's brother? Who is Miss Brush?
the brother is really sick and not doing well; Mrs. Bruton's assistant
whom does Lady Bruton prefer? How old is Lady Bruton?
Richard; 62
What do Hugh and Lady Bruton think to themselves about Peter Walsh's job prospects? Will they help him find a job?
they feel helping him is impossible because of his flawed character
What plan does Lady Bruton have that she hopes Richard Dalloway will advise her on and Hugh Whitbread will write the papers about?
emigration to Canada; They will write to TIME
Why in the end (even though she refused earlier) does Lady Bruton stuff Hugh's carnations into the front of her dress?
she was happy he was helping her
With what metaphor does the author describe the connection of Lady Bruton and her luncheon guests, "getting thinner and thinner"?
they use a spider thread
Between what two characters is the metaphor continued?
Richard and Clarissa
What does Richard want to tell his wife?
he loves her
What time is it when Richard returns home to Clarissa? What does he bring her?
3:00; red & white roses from Richard
Whom is Clarissa worried about not inviting? Read on and add why Clarissa did not want to invite her.
Ellie Henderson; She is dull
Where is Elizabeth when her father returns home after lunch?
upstairs with Kilman- maybe praying
What does Richard require his wife to do after lunch? Where does he go?
take a nap; he goes to the committee of Armenians/ Albanians
why Clarissa likes to throw parties.
because Peter and Richard always make fun of her; it is her offering to the world
What does Mrs. Dalloway think is unusual about Elizabeth's appearance based on her genes?
dark, chinese eyes, pale face, "oriental mystery"
What is a mackintosh? Who wears one? Why does this person wear it?
Miss Kilman; it is cheap; a coat; she is poor
Why has it been hard for Miss Kilman to find work?
because of he German connections
How long ago did Miss Kilman have a conversion?
2 years and 3 months
What does Miss Kilman think of Clarissa Dalloway?
has a lot of anger towards her, but doesn't hate her
what object reminds you of the pattern of their conversation? (page 116-117)
the big ben sound
Who is "the old woman looking out of the window" (p. 123)? What is it that "love and religion" would destroy?
a neighbor;
summarize how Doris Kilman feels about herself, about her appearance. What does she use to make herself feel better?
down on herself and does not like the way she looks. eats food to make her feel better.
What does Elizabeth Dalloway admire about Doris Kilman? What is her attraction to Miss Kilman? What is it you think Doris Kilman wants from Elizabeth?
she is educated. she is clever. and ms. killmann fears that if elizabeth leaves her she wontt come back. she mainly does not wat to feel alone. and elizabeth keeps her company
Where does Miss Kilman go after tea with Elizabeth?
Westminster Abbey
Where does Elizabeth prefer to London?
the country
What are some possible careers for Elizabeth?
a doctor, farmer, go into parliament
What happy moment do Septimus and Rezia have together in their apartment?
they are laughing together and Rezia feels as though they are a married couple again
What happens to Septimus in this section? What time do you think it is?
he commits suicide by jumping out a window; 6:00 pm
What does Peter Walsh find waiting for him at his hotel room when he returns by 6 o'clock?
a letter from Clarissa
What does Peter Walsh carry in his pockets?
a pocket knife; a picture of Daisy
What would Daisy give up if she married Peter?
her children
Where does Peter Walsh go after he shaves?
to dinner
What does Peter Walsh plan to ask Richard Dalloway at the party?
what they are doing politically in India
Describe the temperature on this June day.
there is a heatwave
Describe some of what Peter sees on his walk through London in the evening air.
well dressed young people
How does Lucy describe the way Elizabeth looks for the party?
"Quite lovely." Couldn't take her eyes off of her.
Who is Clarissa's old nurse?
Ellen Barnett
How does Clarissa feel about her party?
She thought it was going to be a failure
Describe Ellie Henderson. How does she feel about being asked to the party?
In a corner by herself- slouching, looks bored, last minute invite, was mad, about 50 years old, doesn't know why Clarissa would invite her. They are cousins
Who arrives at the party without an invitation?
Sally Seton
Name at least five other party guests.
Hugh Whitbred
Lord Lexham
Mrs. Bowley
Mrs. Garrod
Mr. Quin
What is Mr. Wilkins job at the party?
He announces the guests' arrivals
What "famous person" arrives at the party? How do the guests behave in his presence?
The Prime Minister. They went on with the party, Peter makes fun of him.
To what creature does Peter Walsh compare Clarissa at the party?
A mermaid
Whom does Clarissa want Peter to "have a word with about Burma"? Why is Peter surprised this person is still alive?
Aunt Helena; she is old.
Which character is especially proud of her Englishness?
...Lady Burton
How does Clarissa note that Sally has changed?
...Her voice, her eyes and she now smokes cigars.
How do Clarissa's and Septimus's lives intersect?
story about septimus comes up at the party.
Does Clarissa like Sir William? Why/why not?
she does not like him because of the way he treats his patients.
What bill does Richard Dalloway consult with Sir William about?
bill for people who have shell shock.
What quote is repeated in this section? Where is it from? Why is it repeated?
if were now to die now would be most happy.
What does Clarissa see outside her window that is surprising? Read the entire passage closely. What do you think this symbolizes?
...the old lady (her neighbor) starring at her. It symbolizes Clarissa's future.
What is Lady Rossiter most proud of?
.her 5 sons
How does Sally Seton find Peter Walsh after all these years?
.young and a bachelor..
What career was Peter to have had?
a writer
What does Sally Seton think of Elizabeth?
handsome and self possesed. opposite of clarissa. the fact that she is opposite shows that the world is changing.
What is Sally Seton's opinion on Clarissa's marriage?
...feels clarissa married beneath her.
What does Richard Dalloway think of his daughter towards the end?
...he dosent reconginize her.
What do you think is significant about the final few lines of the novel?
it shows that peter and richard both love clarissa. and clarissa picked richard over peter. last few lines were from peter but about clarissa
example of characters reflect a growing social isolation caused by mass industrialism essential loneliness of the individual
Ms. Killman isolated due to their religious views, her class in society, and has no family for support.
example of characters are withdrawn, unresponsive and hurt by unnamed forces.
Everyone looked at the motorcar.
example of a growing awareness of "the cannon"-high brow" "low brow".
Septimus thought about poetry and high brow literature.
example of no narrative voice to guide reader-"stream consciousness. *often no punctuation or quotation marks.
The whole book
example of experimentation -"make it new"
representing sounds on a page instead of writing words (page 79)
example of writers "turned inward" for their subject matter more important than the social +outward.
septimus said "I will kill myself", an awful thing to say.
1897
60 yrs Queen Victoria
1901
Queen Victoria Dies. Edward becomes King.
1905
Albert proposes relativity in Germany
1910
George is crowned king.
1914
World War I starts. Arch duke assassinated.
1916
James Joyce
1917
Russian Revolution. Peasants overthrew the czar.
1918
1st communist gov.- the soviet union. World war 1 ends .armistice is signed. Women in England over 30 gain rights to vote.
1922
Irish Free State. Joyce publishes Ulysses.
1925
Virginia Wolfe writes Mrs. Dalloway
1939
Britain enters war II
1940
Winston Churchill
1952
current queen Elizabeth (grandmother of William and harry) becomes Queen
Huge Whitbread
Clarrissa's old friend. Writes letters to the times about various causes.
Evelyn Whitbread
has an internal ailment. Spends most of her time in nursing homes. We hear much about her through others in the book.
Sally Seton
friend of Clarissa and Peter. Married with 5 boys lives in Manchester
Septimus
former solider suffering from shell shock after the war.
Rezia
Septimus's wife. Does everything to care for her husband.
Doris Kilman
Elizabeth's teacher- very christian. Clarissa dislikes her.
Sir William Bradshaw
A renowned London psychiatrist. When Lucrezia seeks help for her insane husband, Septimus, Septimus's doctor, Dr. Holmes, recommends Sir William
Dr. Holmes
Septimus's general practitioner. When Septimus begins to suffer the delayed effects of shell shock, Lucrezia seeks his help. Dr. Holmes claims nothing is wrong with Septimus, but that Lucrezia should see Sir William if she doesn't believe him
Lady Bruton
A member of high society and a friend of the Dalloways. Proud of her Englishness.
Aunt Helena
Clarissa's aunt. She is a relic of the strict English society Clarissa finds so confining. A great botanist, she also enjoys talking about orchids and Burma. She is a formidable old lady, over eighty, who found Sally Seton's behavior as a youth shocking. She has one glass eye.
Ellie Henderson
Clarissa's cousin. Clarissa does not want to invite her to the party but does so last minute.
Evans
Septimus's friend who died in the war. The officer that Septimus believes he is seeing .
Mrs. Filmer
The Smiths' neighbor. She finds Septimus odd. She has honest blue eyes and is Rezia's only friend in London. Her daughter is Mrs. Peters, who listens to the Smiths' gramophone when they are not at home. Mrs. Filmer's granddaughter delivers the newspaper to the Smiths' home each evening, and Rezia always makes the child's arrival into a momentous, joyous event.
Daisy Simmons
Peter's lover in India. She has two small children. Part of Peter's return to London is too seek info for a divorce for Daisy.
Mr. Brewer
Septimus's boss at Sibleys and Arrowsmith. The managing clerk, is paternal with his employees and foresees a promising career for Septimus, but Septimus volunteers for the war before he can reach any degree of success. He promotes Septimus when he returns from the war, but Septimus is already losing his mind. He has a waxed moustache and a coral tiepin.
Jim Hutton
An awful poet at the Dalloways' party. Is badly dressed, with red socks and unruly hair, and he does not enjoy talking to another guest, Professor Brierly, who is a professor of Milton. He shares with Clarissa a love of Bach and thinks she is "the best of the great ladies who took an interest in art." He enjoys mimicking people.
Masie Johnson
wants to know way to tube station. From edinburgh scotland. She is 19
Percy and Carrie Dempster
at one point in the book they are projecting problems about their marriage.
Sylvia
Clarissa's sister killed by a tree
Ellen Barnett
Clarissa's old nurse
"the heart of the theory is that.... by your point of view"
einstein's theory of relativity (1905)
*time is relative
*point of view determines reality
modernism
A movement in art and literature committed to create new forms.
art reflects modern preoccupations:
*New ways of seeing and representing the world.
*Monet
*Starry, Starry Night
*Sauret
*Panteillism breaking into tiny dots.
3 major changes in attitudes:
*Individuals hold own beliefs and sense of values
*A new view of time- time is not chronological
*New nations of consciousness