Virginia Woolf's singular technique in Mrs Dalloway heralds a break
with the traditional novel form and reflects a genuine humanity and
a concern with the experiences that both enrich and stultify
existence. Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party.
Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior
monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually
reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa's life
is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to
those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life
draws toward inevitable suicide.