Monday, September 29, 2008

Loss of Identity

"She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible, unseen; unknown; there being no more marrying, no more having of children now, but only this astonishing and rather solemn with the rest of them, up Bond Street, this being Mrs. Dalloway; not even Clarissa anymore; this being Mrs. Richard Dalloway." (pg. 11)

In this passage, the idea and theme of loss of identity is put on full display. Throughout the entire novel, Clarissa ponders her life and what everything means. Here she begins to feel and then wonder at the strage feeling of losing who she is. She has gone from being a young girl named Clarissa to an older woman who is now just a wife, just Mrs. Dalloway. She feels "invisible" and empty now that she realizes there really is nothing left for her to do in life but be Mrs. Richard Dalloway.

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