What does Clarissa Hate?

05 Aug

Yes, I know, I know, we’re supposed to figure out what the main character wants, not hates.   But, Susan Wise Bauer, I wonder if noting what the character despises can get us a bit closer to figuring out her wants.   After all, sometimes we hate the things we can’t have, right?

So, what does Clarissa hate?   Think on that for a minute.

Got an answer?

Well, here’s a quote from the novel to add to your answer (or confirm it).

Love and religion!   thought Clarissa, going back into the drawing room, tingling all over.  How detestable, how detestable they are!   For now that the body of Miss Kilman was not before her, it overwhelmed her – the idea.   The cruelest things in the world, she thought, seeing them clumsy, hot, domineering, hypocritical, eavesdropping, jealous, infinitely cruel and unscrupulous, dressed in a mackintosh coat, on the landing; love and religion.

Seems like she “doth protest too much.”   Love and religion.   Does she really hate them, or does she long for them because she can’t/won’t have them, and the longing has turned into hate?


Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Mrs. Dalloway


2 responses to “What does Clarissa Hate?

  1. Tonia

    August 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Good choice… I like the idea of looking at what they hate to figure out what she does want. And I absolutely agree with your take on Clarissa.


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