Clever Title About Dh Lawrence And Virginia Woolf’s Abhorrence Of Past Literature

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The early twentieth century was a time filled with great anguish. World War I had resulted in a massive death toll, and England’s strict social standards made it nearly impossible for people to grieve without seeming bizarre. This repression fostered a sense of dislocation amongst the citizens, and a rebuttal in the Christian faith. It should come as no surprise, then, that modernism emerged as a way for contemporaries to defy the “prescriptions and limits” (1901) of the Victorian Age. Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence were among the most influential writers of the modernist era – Woolf with her appeal to “look within” (2152) the human consciousness, and Lawrence with his call for expression ...view middle of the document...

D.H. Lawrence’s “Why the Novel Matters” argues that writers of the past were too concerned with fitting “the form of fiction most in vogue,” (2152), as Woolf would say. By cutting the characters to fit a certain mold, the characters turn “stale,” which forces the reader to “turn a deaf ear” until the work “ceases to exist” (2510). This, according to Lawrence, was the ultimate downfall of these writers: there was no life in their writings. Additionally, Lawrence felt that too many writers of the past had ulterior motives; some may write to “seek God… cash… wine, women, and song,” (2511) – none of which have any importance to life, none of which “make the whole man alive tremble” (2509). The fiction of the past, Lawrence points out, is filled with absolutes that are not applicable to life, because “there is no absolute good, there is nothing absolutely right” (2510). These absolutes dictate how one should live their life, which Lawrence strongly opposes. A novel provides a story that shakes the core of the reader and reminds the reader to live to the absolute fullest – that, Lawrence argues, is the only reason one should write.
Both writers agreed that writing had not improved over the centuries; rather, it had just taken a new direction. Tired of the “circular tendency” (2150) of yesterday’s fiction, they developed a completely new sort of narrative that would truly capture the human experience – modernism. Woolf envisioned writers of the future to write about what truly interested them, even if it meant rebelling against literary conventions. She wanted writers to acknowledge the “myriad impressions” (2152) that shape themselves into our daily lives. These “atoms” (2152) of life build up to be important moments of the human spirit and Woolf asserts that they need to be recognized. Woolf further envisioned the writers of the future to not rely on “signposts” to guide the reader in the right direction. Rather, these writers would abdicate the unnecessary and allow the readers to “accustom themselves… to see how complete the story is, how profound” (2154). Lawrence experienced a similar feeling upon reading the Bible and Shakespeare, but noted that such a feeling is only possible when a completely new perception of life is received, not just “[stimulated] growth in one direction” (2510). The novel, when written correctly, allows the reader to identify what it is that kills a character’s spirit, and develop an “instinct for life” (2511). This, Lawrence declares, is much more important than the “theory of right and wrong, good and bad,” (2511) because knowing what is theoretically right and wrong is absolutely useless if one is dead to the world. Furthermore, theories of right and wrong are rather subjective, and life is meant to live objectively, so the writers of the future, Lawrence claims, have a duty to abolish such absolutes.
Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” follows the Modernist format flawlessly. Clarissa’s constant jumbles of emotions mimic...

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