Growing Old Essay Sample

Growing Old Essay Sample

… Cymbeline” ends as thus “Home art gone/ and ta’en thy wages.” (4.2.261-262) Both Septimus and Mrs. Dalloway have, in essence, taken the wages for the life choices forced to make or made out of social cowardice. In Septimus’ case, a soldier has been unfairly paid by an unjust society for the great physical and mental sacrifice he gave. Mrs. Dalloway, on the other hand, has been paid all too well for her choice of marrying a man she did not love, and rejecting a more daring yet fulfilling life. In other words, “The compensation of growing old,” as Mrs. Dalloway is rapidly growing, “[is] simply this; that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained-at last!-the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light.” (Woolf 79) Mrs. Dalloway, in Woolf’s narrative grasp, sees her life turn ‘round, and although the character does not attain full insight into her frailties, the reader is left with a sense that the woman’s choices and experiences are ultimately lacking, although they may on the surface appear to be comfortable ones.

Related Essays

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *