Post War Mindset

“For it was the middle of June. The War was over, except for some one like Mrs. Foxcroft at theta the Embassy last night eating her heart out because that nice boy was killed and now the old Manor House must go to a cousin; or Lady Bexborough who opened a bazaar, they said, with the telegram in her hand, John her favourite killed; but it was over; thank Heaven—over. It was June. The King and Queen were at the Palace” (Woolf 5).

Notes: The fact that “The War” just occurred is important the story. World War I greatly influenced the mindset of the characters. They lived through fear and turmoil during the war and many experienced what it was like to lose a loved one. The character’s lives are not the same as it was before the war but there’s a sense of hope. The repetition of June emphasizes the sense of hope for a new beginning and the end of a war state of mind.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt,  1925. Print.

2 thoughts on “Post War Mindset

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with your observation. I think it’s very important to keep in mind the relevant issues of this time period with what pertains to the author’s life.

  2. Yes. especially Septimus. of all the characters, i think he was affected the most by the war. he seems to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, as he is being described in the novel

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