This thesis thereby aims at illustrating a tentative study based on two distinctive literary elements: plot and the stream of consciousness.
The plot of the novel revolves around the actions depicted in Mrs Dalloway which occurs in the course of a day: Mrs Clarissa Dalloway is a woman in her late 50’s and she is carrying out preparations for a party that she intends to have later in the evening in order to meet up with all her friends from different social classes. The setting of the day dates backs to the year 1923 in London. The plot of the novel adopts the technique of stream of consciousness based on Mrs Dalloway’s thoughts instead of the course of the footsteps she takes through London. As a result of this time tends to flow back and forth from present into the past. For instance, in the beginning of the novel before Mrs Dalloway even leaves her home, her thoughts wanders back to the moment when she was eighteen years old in Bourton, which is a town in England’s coast (Woolf, p.7). Immediately her mind wanders back to the present, she finds herself standing on the curb in the street. As the readers we simply recognize that she has travelled physically from her home up to the curb in the moment of her mind wandering.
Sometimes the different threads of thoughts among the characters pass successfully across and people are able to communicate without disagreeing based on their own opinions. More often, the threads do not cut across successfully leaving most of the characters alone and isolated. It is as a result of these that most of the thoughts and quotes of the characters demonstrate some aspect of human isolation. The readers are able to pick up some emotions that are encompassed around various human conditions.