Monday, September 29, 2008

Extended Metaphor

"But now mystery had brushed them with her wing; they had heard the voice of authority; the spirit of religion was abroad with her eyes bandaged tight and her lips gaping wide." (pg. 14)

Throughout Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf uses hundreds of extended metaphors. In this scene, the entire area of Westminster and Piccadilly Circus has been set all atwitter by a mysterious passenger in a motor car. However, barely two minutes after the car has left Piccadilly circus, everyone becomes completely enamored of a skywriting plane. It speaks to the shallowness and short attention span of the citizens that they can switch obsessions so quickly.

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