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Essay on MRS DALLOWAY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF – YOU ONLY HAVE 1 HOUR

PASSAGE TO ANALYSE :  Passage 3 (from Woolf, 183)    A thing there was that mattered; a thing, wreathed about with chatter, defaced, obscured in her own life, let drop every day in corruption, lies, chatter. This he had preserved. Death was defiance. Death was an attempt to communicate, people feeling the impossibility of reaching the centre which, mystically, evaded them; closeness drew apart; rapture faded; one was alone. There was an embrace in death.   But this young man who had killed himself – had he plunged holding his treasure? ‘If it were now to die, ‘twere now to be most happy,’ she had said to herself once, coming down, in white.   PASSAGE FROM MRS DALLOWAY FROM VIRGINIA WOOLF (PENGUIN CLASSICS 2016 — ISBN: 978-0-241-26179-8) I want you to explore what is specific and interesting about the way that this author writes, and to consider how they are asking you to think about the world Your evidence should be drawn from the passage I give you, and you can of course make connections to other moments in the text Then I want you to write about how and why this way of thinking could be interesting for you/us in relation to the questions of our contemporary world. This is potentially a more personal turn for your essay Your essay should a) tell me what is specific and interesting about the way that the author and their text consider their topic – how are they asking you to understand the way that we live in the world together? – your exploration of this part of the question should draw mainly on evidence from the passage I provide, but you may relate it to other passages from the text. And your essay should then b) attempt to explore why and how that can matter for you – why Mrs Dalloway might be important or interesting or annoying or irrelevant as you think about living in the world. Be as concrete and clear as you can (NB – it is very difficult to argue why a text is of absolutely no interest to you, so if you choose to do that, be brilliant!) ONLY CITE THE BOOK NOTHING ELSE – PUT DIRECT QUOTATIONS IN THE TEXT – YOU ONLY HAVE 1 HOUR